Your blood donation delivers DOUBLE the good when you save lives and learn your COVID-19 antibody status, which is especially important given the critical shortage of blood as hospitals have increased surgeries and other procedures. We still have much to learn about COVID-19, but we do know that every blood donor holds within them the power to change lives for good – and we hope that knowing your antibody status will be helpful to know! Critically needed now are blood donations from donors of all blood types.
Sunday, September 27th 8:30am- 12:00pm
Donate in the Parking Lot Bloodmobile
As the pandemic has unfolded, and for those who fell ill with symptoms from COVID-19 but were not able to be tested, this new information could be useful to you as you move forward with work, school and daily activities. Antibody tests are used to tell if someone had a past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This testing, however, does not indicate whether the antibodies neutralize the virus and protect against reinfection.
Over time, antibody tests and clinical follow-up will provide the medical community with more information on whether a person who has recovered from COVID-19 is immune to the virus and for how long. While a positive antibody test does not mean that someone is immune to COVID-19, it does mean that donors with COVID-19 antibodies may be considered for convalescent plasma donation to help those whose lives are threatened by COVID-19.
Please bring your photo ID, required face covering, and eat and drink plenty of water before your donation.
Complete your Health Screening Fast Track to save time on the day of your donation: http://www.bloodsystems.org/health.aspx