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American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive Can Also Test For COVID Antibodies
The American Red Cross Southwest Mississippi Chapter will host a Holiday Blood Drive on Thursday, December 3, 2020. The drive will take place between 10AM until 3PM in the Main Conference Room at 9 River Bend Pl. in Flowood, MS.
When you give the gift of life, your donation will be tested for the COVID-19 antibodies.
The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms. For the next few months, Red Cross blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested using samples obtained at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory, where the samples will also undergo routine screening and infectious disease testing. Should you test positive for the COVID antibodies, your plasma may be used to help a current critical COVID patient.
A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. American Red Cross is practicing all COVID protocols, prescreening donor temperatures prior to entry to the blood drive, providing masks and hand sanitizer and extended cleaning between each donor. The safety and confidence of all donors, volunteers and our staff is very important.
For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org Use sponsor code: ARCSOUTHWESTMS (you can click on the sponsor code for a direct link to the appointment site) Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).