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Red Cross testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 11:27:00-04

The American Red Cross is now testing all blood, plasma and platelet donations for coronavirus antibodies.

Red Cross said the antibody tests are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The tests may indicate if someone's produced an antibody to the coronavirus, regardless of developing symptoms. A positive antibody test result does not confirm someone has the infection or is immune.

Antibody test results will be available through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal here within 7-10 days.

As an organization dedicated to helping others, the Red Cross is pleased to provide more information about COVID-19 to our valued donors. 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.
Dr. Erin Goodhue | Executive Medical Director of Direct Patient Care with the Red Cross Biomedical Services

Also, Red Cross said there continues to be an urgent demand for blood donations as hospitals resume treatments and surgeries.

How to make an appointment

Interested donors can make a donation appointment by:

  • Downloading free Blood Donor App here
  • Calling 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • Enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Where to go to give donation

Tulsa Blood Donation Center
10151 East 11th Street

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Safety Precautions

In order to keep staff and donors healthy and safe, the Red Cross has implemented the below precautions:

  • Indivduals who don't feel well or believe they may be ill, should postpone their donation
  • Temperature Checks
  • Social Distancing
  • Face Coverings for donors and staff

For more information on the Red Cross, click here.

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