The American Red Cross is looking for healthy people to donate blood or platelets, and for a limited time is checking donors’ blood for COVID-19 antibodies, free of charge. Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.
A positive test result indicates that the donor may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and that their body has developed specific antibodies to the virus. It does not confirm if the donor is infected, or immune to the virus.
A negative result most likely means the individual has not been exposed to COVID-19 and so has not developed antibodies.
Test results will be available within 7 to 10 days in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.
Donors should schedule an appointment and must wear a face covering or mask while donating. Social distancing will be employed.
Donors must be at least 17, or 16 with parental permission (forms for which are available on the website), must weigh more than 110 pounds, and must bring a photo ID.
Blood donors are eligible to donate every 56 days.
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are especially needed. Unless otherwise stated, go to redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment. The Red Cross also is looking for blood drive hosts; check the website for more information.
Chadwick: 1:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 American Legion Hall, 221 Calvert St.
Dixon: 1-6 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Third St., contact Betty Russell, 815-284-0404 or email@example.com; 1-6 p.m. Aug. 5, YMCA, 110 N. Galena Ave.; 1-6 p.m. Aug. 7, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave; 1-6 p.m. Aug. 8, National Guard Building, 412 Everett St.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18, Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 2, Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley St.
Mount Carroll: 1-6 p.m. Aug. 14, Mount Carroll Church of God, 816 S. Clay St.; contact Elizabeth Hartman at 815-244-9618 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office at 815-244-4453 Tuesday through Thursday.
Sterling: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd St.