Event Details

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Jul 8-9, 2020

American Red Cross Community Blood Drive

July 8-9, 2020

The Show Me Center will sponsor a Community Blood Drive on July 8 and 9 from 12 pm to 6 pm to help prevent a summer blood shortage as the Red Cross is urgently eligible donors to give now.

Beginning today and for a limited time, the Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products.

Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system hs produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within 7-10 days in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. The test has been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“As an organization dedicated to helping others, the Red Cross is pleased to provide more information about COVID-19 to our valued donors,” said Dr. Erin Goodhue, executive medical director of direct patient care with the Red Cross Biomedical Services. “If you are feeling healthy and well, please schedule an appointment to not only help save lives but also learn about your potential exposure to COVID-19.”

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test.

The Red Cross needs to collect approximately 13,000 pints of blood every day to maintain an adequate blood supply at hospitals across the country.

To Schedule an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: SHOWMECENTER