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OneBlood offers free anti-body testing in exchange for blood donations

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 17:41:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — OneBlood wants to remind people there's another way to find out your risk of COVID-19 infections and it's free when you donate blood.

In addition to blood drives and plasma donations, OneBlood also tests anti-bodies.

Anti-bodies are made when your body fights different kinds of infections, like the coronavirus.

Right now, the group says they're getting a steady amount of donations, but they could always us more.

They've lost the ability to set up at the locations the Big Red Bus used to be depend on, like at schools and movie theatres.

"The blood supply has been in the spotlight throughout this pandemic, but the need for blood and then the need for convalescent plasma donors, and now we're able to test for anti-bodies so we encourage you to continue to come in because the blood supply is playing an active role in saving people's lives," said Susan Forbes, the senior vice president of corporate communications at OneBlood.

OneBlood says they're short about 50,000 donations due to the pandemic.

To donate or schedule an appointment click here.