Red Cross Now Testing All Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies for a Limited Time

Published Monday, June 15, 2020 at 4:07 pm

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.

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.*

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:

Alamance

 

Alamance

6/26/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Alamance Lutheran Church, 4008 S NC HWY 62

 

Burlington

6/19/2020: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Alamance County Community YMCA, 1346 S Main Street

6/27/2020: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Grove Park Baptist Church, 108 Trial One

 

Snow Camp

6/20/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Cane Creek Friends Meeting Church, 719 W. Greensboro Chapel Hill Road

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Durham

 

Durham

6/15/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/15/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/16/2020: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/16/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/17/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/17/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/18/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/18/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/18/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Road

6/19/2020: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/22/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/22/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/23/2020: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/23/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/24/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pleasant Green United Methodist Church, 3005 Pleasant Green Road

6/24/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/25/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/26/2020: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/27/2020: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/29/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/30/2020: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

6/30/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties, 1010 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway

6/30/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Road

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Granville

 

Oxford

6/19/2020: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oxford United Methodist Church, 105 W McClanahan St

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Moore

 

Pinehurst

6/19/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pinehurst Surgical, 5 FirstVillage Dr.

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Orange

 

Carrboro

6/25/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., OWASA, 400 Jones Ferry Road

 

Chapel Hill

6/25/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of the Holy Family, 200 Hayes Road

 

Hillsborough

6/30/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hillsborough United Church, 200 Davis Road

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Randolph

 

Asheboro

6/25/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Zooland Civitan, 230 E. Kivett St.

 

Trinity

6/26/2020: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Westfield Baptist Church – Trinity, 6863 Westfield Church Road

6/28/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting – Trinity, 3673 Hoover Hill Rd.

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Vance

 

Henderson

6/26/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Maria Parham Medical Center, 566 Ruin Creek Rd

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Wake

 

Cary

6/15/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/16/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/18/2020: 9:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/19/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/20/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/21/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/22/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/23/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/25/2020: 9:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/26/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/27/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/28/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/29/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Crossroads Plaza, 401 crossroads blvd

6/29/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

6/30/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Crossroads Plaza, 401 crossroads blvd

6/30/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

 

Fuquay Varina

6/25/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fuquay Varina Presbyterian, 309 N. Ennis St.

 

Holly Springs

6/20/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Holly Springs Rotary Club, 900 Bass Lake Road

 

Raleigh

6/15/2020: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Road

6/15/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/15/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/15/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/16/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/16/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Road

6/16/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/17/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/18/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/18/2020: 9:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/18/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/19/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/19/2020: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/20/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/21/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/22/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/22/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/22/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/23/2020: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/23/2020: 1 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/24/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/25/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/25/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., NC Department of Revenue, 501 N. Wilmington St.

6/25/2020: 9:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/26/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/26/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/27/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/28/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/29/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/29/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

6/29/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

6/30/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

 

Wake Forest

6/15/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., American Legion Post 187, 225 E. Holding Ave.

 

Zebulon

6/17/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Rotary Woman’s Club Zebulon, 405 Sycamore 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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