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American Red Cross brings back free antibody tests | News

CENTRAL Wis. (WAOW) – For a limited time, the American Red Cross is offering to test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

Recent clinical studies have proven that at certain levels, these antibodies could help save the lives of patients with COVID-19.

Communications director Justin Kern told News 9: “This convalescent plasma could be used to help people who are immunocompromised and suffering from COVID-19. So really be able to provide our hospital partners with a supply of this plasma. recovering so they can really support these people.”

Although they have struggled to store donor blood throughout the pandemic, they hope people come in for antibody tests as well as to check for other health issues such as strokes. sickle cell anemia and blood group identification.

The Red Cross does not test donors to diagnose disease.

In a press release on Thursday, the Red Cross said it was “extremely important” for the Red Cross to maintain a “readily available supply of blood” so that hospitalized patients can receive the care they need.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available 1-2 weeks after donation.

To make an appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit their website, or call them at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: March 16 to April 8

Langlade Co.

Antigo

03/21/2022: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saints Mary and Hyacinth Catholic Church, 819 3rd Ave.

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Lincoln Co.

Tomahawk

03/15/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 108 W. Somo Ave.

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Marathon Co.

Mosineus

04/01/2022: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mosinee Brewing Company, 401 4th St.

spencer

03/22/2022: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Spencer Church of Christ, B3942 State Hwy 13

Wausau

03/18/2022: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blades and Boards, 3109 Rib Mountain Dr.

03/22/2022: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 703 Flieth St.

04/07/2022: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., First Universalist Unitarian Church, 504 Grant St.

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Oneida Co.

Rhenish

04/06/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Cabaret Cove, 1540 Pueblo Dr.

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Portage Co.

Amherst

04/04/2022: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Lutheran Church of Peace, 293 S. Main St.

Plover

03/10/2022: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Woodlands Church, 190 Hoover Ave.

03/28/2022: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Plover Municipal Building, 2400 Post Road

Stevens Point

3/10/2022: 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

11/3/2022: 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/14/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/15/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/17/2022: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/18/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/21/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/22/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/24/2022: 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/25/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/28/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

03/29/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

3/31/2022: 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

04/01/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

04/02/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

4/4/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

4/5/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

04/07/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

04/08/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3201C Main St.

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Vilas Co.

Eagle River

05/04/2022: 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., St Peters Church, 5001 County Road G

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Wood Co.

Auburndale

04/08/2022: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Auburndale High School, 10629 N. Road

Swamp

03/21/2022: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Holiday Inn, 750 S. Central Ave.

Wisconsin Rapids

03/25/2022: noon to 5 p.m., McMillan Library, 490 E. Grand Ave.