There will be another opportunity to save a life, or several lives, by donating blood on Wednesday July 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment at St. Margaret Catholic Church. The Red Cross is now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the Coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms or not.
In addition to collecting whole blood units, the Red Cross will be having a Power Red Donation. During a Power Red Donation, a donor gives a concentrated dose of red cells, the part of blood used every day for those needing transfusions as part of their care. This type of donation uses an automated process that separates red blood cells from other blood components, then safely and comfortably returns plasma and platelets to the donor.
Each Red Cross blood drive follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face covering for donors and staff have been implemented to protect the health of those in attendance.
To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. For information or an appointment call: Landis Meeks, American Red Cross Blood Donation Chairman, at (406) 521-0174 or (406) 873-2151.