American Red Cross begins testing for COVID antibodies

The American Red Cross announced that they are now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

Results may indicate an antibody response after a COVID-19 vaccine or possible past exposure to the Coronavirus.

The test may identify donations with antibody levels necessary to potentially help current COVID-19 patients.

The antibodies could help fight the virus.

The antibodies could especially help those with a weakened immune system.

Donors are needed and the test will be provided when you donate.

The results of the antibody test will be delivered within three to four days.

You can make an appointment to donate at redcrossblood.org using your zip code for a drive near you.

You can also set an appointment by calling 1-800- red-cross.

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News Maker Eric Anderson of the Am. Red Cross

As we know the American Red Cross continues to struggle with blood shortage, staffing and pandemic issues.

Every week we check in with the Red Cross to find out how we can help and how they are progressing with the issues.

Today we are talking with the Executive Director of the American Red Cross for the greater Shenandoah Valley Eric Anderson in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

There is good news from Eric.

He tells us that the Red Cross is making progress in these struggles.

It is all basically thanks to everyone who donates at any and all the blood drives.

Eric also tells us they are recovering from the staffing issue.

Eric also tells us how much easier it is for us to give blood.

Giving blood is the best way for us to help.

You can make an appointment to give right now at redcrossblood.org using your zip code you’ll find a drive near you.

Click here for Eric’s interview.

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The American Red Cross needs blood donors after blood drive cancellations

battle of the badges blood drive

Inclement weather has cancelled blood drives in the area taxing an already low blood supply for the American Red Cross.

There are blood drive appointments available in your area.

Using your zip code at redcrossblood.org you can set an appointment convenient for you near your home.

Fri. Jan. 21 a blood drive with appointments open is scheduled for the American Legion Post on Eighth Street Front Royal from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

If that drive fills up another is available for the future for you to set the appointment.

Donors are able to give every 56 days.

The need is greater than ever as the Red Cross is experiencing the lowest supply in a decade with a 10 percent drop in donations.

The supply limit is affecting the supply delivered to area hospitals.

If you can give that would help supply a severely depleted blood bank.

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