North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross blood drive Nov. 9 on its South Campus. The drive, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. outside McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
All blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Test results will be available within seven to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor app or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.
A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test.
The Red Cross estimates that about 20 percent of blood donations each year come from young donors, such as college students. The need is urgent as hospitals resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products.
Individuals must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health to donate. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger must also meet certain height and weight requirements.
Those interested in making an appointment or receiving more information can do so through the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Donors are encouraged to complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to help speed up the process. A blood donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification will be required at check-in.
Blood drive safety precautions
To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.
Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks and social distancing – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.