The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations and is encouraging healthy and eligible individuals to make appointments to donate blood or platelets to prevent a shortage.
The Red Cross is now testing all donations for 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 they developed symptoms.
Blood drives are scheduled from 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Best Western Plus Burley Inn, 800 N. Overland Ave.; and 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Inn Burley, 560 Hampton Drive.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors are required to wear a face covering or mask in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Appointments need to be scheduled in advance by using the free blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org, calling 800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Donors can use RapidPass online at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire.
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