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Red Cross now testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

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Posted at 7:35 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 08:07:20-04

CLEVELAND — The American Red Cross will now begin testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, the organization announced Monday.

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

The Red Cross said an urgent need for blood donations continues as the demand from hospitals increases in recent weeks.

Donation appointments can be made by calling 1-800-733-3767 or by downloading the Blood Donor App. All those who come to donate through June 30 will receive a $5 Amazon giftcard.

To find a donation site near you, click here.