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Donors can get free COVID-19 antibody testing at January 13 blood drive

There is a critical need for blood donations at this time. The community can help by donating between 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, at Glen Crest Middle School, 725 Sheehan Avenue, Glen Ellyn.

As part of the standard testing, Versiti Blood Center of Illinois will conduct a SARS COV-2 antibody test – also known as the COVID-19 Antibody Test – on each donation. Donors will be able to check their results in the Wellness Center under their Versiti Donor Account. Results may take up to three weeks, although results are often available sooner. More information about antibody testing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html

You can sign up to donate at: https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5580919

The blood drive will follow proper social distancing guidelines to allow the community to safely donate. All staff and visitors will wear masks.

You can also call or text your name and desired time to Camille from Versiti Blood Center of Illinois at (847) 305-9998 to be added to the schedule.

A photo ID is required to donate blood. The drive is open to anyone in the community.

Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history, donation, and refreshment. Blood donation usually takes about 10 to 12 minutes. Donors can speed up the process by using VersiPASS, which allows them to fill out basic medical screening questions from their phone the morning of their donation. You can learn more about VersiPASS here: www.versiti.org/versipass/illinois

You can learn more about the process of donating blood at www.ccsd89.org/blood

Future blood drives are scheduled for Glen Crest on March 17, 2021; and May 12, 2021.

Posted: December 28, 2020