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Red Cross now testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 15, 2020) — Beginning today and for a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products.

 

Red Cross now testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

 

 

Red Cross now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

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$5 Amazon.com Gift Card for all who come to give in June

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 15, 2020) — Beginning today and for a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products.

 

Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within 7-10 days in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. The test has been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

“As an organization dedicated to helping others, the Red Cross is pleased to provide more information about COVID-19 to our valued donors,” said Dr. Erin Goodhue, executive medical director of direct patient care with the Red Cross Biomedical Services. “If you are feeling healthy and well, please schedule an appointment to not only help saves lives but also learn about your potential exposure to COVID-19.”

 

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test.

 

Blood is needed every day to treat patients with a variety of urgent and routine medical care. The Red Cross supports patients at nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide and 40 hospitals in Central Ohio.

 

Donation appointments can be made by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.* Those who give with the Red Cross in Central Ohio can also receive a buy one get one free entry coupon to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

 

Blood drive safety precautions

To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.

 

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, June 15-30:

 

Perry County

 

Crooksville

6/30/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

6/26/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

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Athens County

 

Athens

6/17/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

6/18/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

6/23/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

6/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

6/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Dairy Barn, 8000 Dairy Lane

 

Nelsonville

6/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stuart Opera House, 52 Public Square

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Clark County

 

Springfield

6/29/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Woodruff Enterprises, 4951 Gateway Blvd

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Coshocton County

 

Walhonding

6/15/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

6/16/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Amanda Fire Department, 211 No. Johns Street

 

Baltimore

6/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post 3761, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

 

Carroll

6/20/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hope Community Church of the Nazarene, 3570 Coonpath Rd.

 

Lancaster

6/17/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., SAM FM 98.3 Summer Blood Dr at Knights of Columbus - Lancaster, 343 E. Walnut St.

6/18/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

6/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield County Job and Family Services, 239 W. Main Street

 

Pickerington

6/19/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Road NW

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Greene County

 

Beavercreek

6/20/2020: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Om Shanthi Hall/Hindu Temple of Dayton, 2615 Temple Lane

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Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

6/23/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

6/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

6/23/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

 

Quaker City

6/22/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

6/17/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 254 East Market Street

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Highland County

 

Hillsboro

6/27/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fall Creek Friends Church, 11345 Karnes Rd

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Hocking County

 

Logan

6/21/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Heritage Center, 7094 Twp Rd. 234

6/30/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

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Licking County

 

Etna

6/18/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

6/25/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

 

Heath

6/15/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

 

Johnstown

6/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

6/15/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Community Wesleyan Church, 161 Myrtle Avenue

6/16/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/16/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Licking County Family YMCA, 470 West Church Street

6/17/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/18/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/19/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/23/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/25/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

6/25/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/26/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/28/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 11784 Marne Road

6/29/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

6/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

6/30/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

6/24/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Western Licking County Family YMCA, 355 West Broad Street

6/26/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Western Licking County Family YMCA, 355 West Broad Street

 

Utica

6/18/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

 

London

6/19/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Fairhaven School, 510 Elm St.

 

Plain City

6/20/2020: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

 

West Jefferson

6/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Morgan County

 

Malta

6/19/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

6/22/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Dresden

6/20/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Northgate Church, 10516 Frazeysburg Road

 

Duncan Falls

6/30/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 4509 Salt Creek Drive

 

New Concord

6/30/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., John Glenn High School, 13115 John Glenn School Road

 

Zanesville

6/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

6/16/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

6/17/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick Street

6/20/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

6/23/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

6/27/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

6/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

6/29/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

6/30/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

6/26/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

6/17/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

6/26/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Amvets, 818 Tarlton Road

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

6/19/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bainbridge UMC, 201 E. 2nd St.

 

Chillicothe

6/16/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

6/22/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

6/26/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

6/26/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 1530 Western Ave.

6/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

 

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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* Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

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