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Red Cross blood donors have new opportunity to help patients fighting COVID-19 | September 23, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2020) — Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.

 

Red Cross blood donors have new opportunity to help patients fighting COVID-19 | September 23, 2020

 

 

Red Cross blood donors have new opportunity to help patients fighting COVID-19

Donors needed this fall to maintain blood supply amid ongoing pandemic

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2020) — Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.

 

In April, the Red Cross began collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma from previously diagnosed individuals, who could only give at one of approximately 170 Red Cross blood donation centers across the country. Convalescent plasma contains COVID-19 antibodies that may help the most critical patients actively fighting this virus. Now, whole blood donations made at any Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center could be helpful in this effort.

 

“Donations that come back positive for COVID-19 antibodies now undergo secondary testing to confirm antibody results, and that enables the Red Cross to then potentially use the plasma from those donations for COVID-19 patients,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Central Ohio Region. “With approximately 2% of the U.S. population testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies, every donation is important to ensure patients with coronavirus have access to every treatment option available to them.”

 

The Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to schedule an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

In thanks, the Red Cross is offering a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card to five lucky winners who come to give in October. Terms and conditions apply; visit rcblood.org/unite. Additionally, those who come to give by the end of September will receive a free haircut coupon by email to participating Sport Clips Haircuts locations. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/Sport-Clips.

 

About antibody testing

Antibody testing may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual experienced COVID-19 symptoms. Donations are tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing.

 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, Sept. 23-Oct. 15:

Perry County

 

New Lexington

9/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

New Straitsville

9/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

10/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

10/10/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Athens County

 

Albany

10/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenny Memorial Dr.

 

Athens

9/24/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University Red Cross Club, 1 Park Place

9/25/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

9/29/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

10/6/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

10/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

10/13/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

 

Nelsonville

9/23/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rocky Outlet Store, 45 E. Canal Street

10/13/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stuart's Opera House, 52 Public Square

 

The Plains

9/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

10/12/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

9/23/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Annin & Company, 475 High Stret

10/7/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

10/7/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

 

Fresno

9/29/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

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Fairfield County

 

Baltimore

10/12/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Carroll

9/26/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bloom Carroll High School, 69 So. Beaver Street

 

Lancaster

9/24/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 343 E. Walnut Street

9/29/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

10/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Connexion West, 625 Garfield Avenue

10/2/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lancaster Moose Lodge 955, 1201 Sugar Grove Road

10/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

10/6/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

10/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lancaster City Council Chambers, 111 S. Broad

10/9/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

10/14/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

10/15/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

 

Millersport

9/30/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautaqua

10/7/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

10/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

10/3/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

10/11/2020: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

10/13/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Rd. NW

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

10/3/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 23 S. Main St.

 

Washington CH

9/28/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fayette County Community, 175 Halliday Way

 

Washington Court House

10/13/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

10/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave

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Greene County

 

Beavercreek

9/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

10/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

9/29/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Guernsey County Crossroads Branch Library, 63500 Byesville Road

10/10/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 136 E.8th Street

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Harrison County

 

Freeport

10/13/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

9/23/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

9/30/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Greenfield McClain High School, 200 N. 5th Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

10/8/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Antioch Alliance Church, 11947 Antioch Rd.

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Licking County

 

Buckeye Lake

9/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Buckeye Lake FOE, 3240 Walnut Road

 

Etna

9/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

9/24/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

 

Heath

9/30/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

 

Hebron

10/8/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Newark

9/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/27/2020: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

9/28/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

9/29/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trek Brewing Company, 1486 Granville Rd

9/29/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/2/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/6/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/9/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/14/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., YMCA-Licking County, 470 W. Church St.

 

Pataskala

9/23/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Family YMCA, 355 West Broad Street

10/5/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7618 Hazelton-Etna Road

10/12/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

 

Utica

10/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Muskingum County

 

South Zanesville

10/9/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fink's Harley Davidson Fall Drive, 2650 Maysville Pike

 

Zanesville

9/24/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

9/26/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

9/28/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

10/5/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

10/13/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

10/1/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry County

 

New Lexington

9/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

New Straitsville

9/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

10/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

10/10/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

9/25/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Amvets, 818 Tarlton Road

10/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

10/6/2020: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

10/14/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

 

South Bloomfield

10/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Bloomfield Community Blood Drive, 5000 Park Place

 

Williamsport

10/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

9/30/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

 

Chillicothe

9/25/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

9/25/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

9/28/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

10/8/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, 446 Hospital Road

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

10/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

 

 

 

About blood donation

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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