American Red Cross continues antibody testing for blood donations

Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 6:23 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For the second straight Saturday, the American Red Cross was accepting blood donations at the Hilltop Mall in Kearney.

When the virus first struck in the United States the amount of blood donations plummeted. However, the number of donations has been on the rise since.

“Things kind of started to slow down at first with the whole COVID rolled out and everything, but since we’re doing the antibody testing we’ve actually seen a surplus,” American Red Cross Collections Lead Tranella McCoy said. “So those supplies are getting better every day.”

The American Red Cross originally planned to just do the antibody testing through July, but have now extended it until further notice. The testing is free when you go to donate and is very simple.

“It takes about seven to ten days to get your results, and it’s just going to tell you if you were exposed to the virus and if you still have those antibodies in your system or not,” McCoy said.

If you have the COVID-19 antibodies in your system, you are less likely to contract the virus again.

Not only are you getting informed on whether you’ve had the virus or not, but you are also saving lives in the process.

“It’s very important because the need never stops,” McCoy said. “Patients constantly need that supply, so if you can spare maybe an hour of your time to come and save three lives that would be amazing.”

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