The Utah chapter of Red Cross has scheduled several COVID-19-safe blood drives in response to current needs, the organization announced. Six drives will be held at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy. The drives will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5 and 12 and Nov. 2 and 23.
Donors are asked to schedule a donation appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Donors should use the sponsor code MTNAMEEXPO. Pre-donation health history can be completed at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or with the RedCross Blood Donor App before scheduled appointments.
The Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donors’ immune systems have produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within seven to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or the online donor portal.
The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose the illness. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.