American Red Cross Blood Drive - Appointment Required
Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.
Additionally, if you have already tested positive for the antibodies WE NEED YOU!!!
Simply put….whole blood donations made at any Red Cross blood drive could be helpful.
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.
*Photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card required* *All donor must wear a MASK or face covering during their donation*
You can also call 1-800-RedCross
Don’t forget to save time by using RapidPass to complete your pre-donation questionnaire online before you come to your appointment (bring screen shot of bar code provide at the end of the questionnaire). More info: redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
***RapidPass can now be completed on your mobile device and through your Blood Donor App!***
P.S. You can help make this blood drive a success by filling one of the vacant spots yourself or with a friend.
- In April, the Red Cross began collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma from previously diagnosed individuals, who could only give at one of approximately 170 Red Cross blood donation centers across the country.
- Convalescent plasma contains COVID-19 antibodies that may help the most critical patients actively fighting this virus.
- Antibody testing may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual experienced COVID-19 symptoms. Donations are tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing.
- COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test.