Red Cross Offering COVID-19 Antibody Test for Blood Donors
As hospitals resume surgical procedures and treatments that were paused in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for blood has increased. The American Red Cross is asking healthy individuals to make appointments to donate to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.
For a limited time, the Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Donors will have access to their test results seven to 10 days after donation through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Additional precautions – including social distancing – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. In alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance and the state of California’s order, all donors and staff are required to wear masks or face coverings.
Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling (800) 733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Individuals who do not feel well should postpone donation, and those who feel they may be ill with COVID-19 should not present to donate until they are symptom free for 28 days.
The American Red Cross is an endorsed business partner of Hospital Council.