Farmington Hills blood drive to include COVID antibody tests

The American Red Cross will test blood collected during a September 2 Farmington Hills drive for COVID antibodies, with the results available within 7 to 10 days.

Donors can either make an appointment or walk in between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road. Blood donations are used for emergencies, trauma care, surgeries, and treatment of serious diseases.

In addition to standard procedures, these precautions will be implemented:

  • Temperatures will be checked for all staff, volunteers, and donors before entering the blood drive. Any staff, volunteer or donor with a temperature greater than 99.5°F will not be able to donate or work at the blood drive.
  • Staff and volunteers will wear gloves throughout the entire blood drive, changing gloves often.
  • All staff, volunteers, and donors will be required to wear face masks or coverings at the blood drive in alignment with CDC public guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in, health history, and refreshment areas.
  • Blood donors will be asked to use hand sanitizer before and during the donation process.
  • Donor beds will be sanitized between every donor.
  • Common surfaces at the blood drive will be routinely disinfected.
  • The set up will allow for six feet distance between donor areas.
  • Only blood donors will be permitted at blood drives.
  • After check-in, donors will be asked to wait in a designated area or to wait in their car.
  • Donors may be asked for a phone number to be notified when it’s their turn.

To make an appointment to donate on September 2, register at redcrossblood.org with the sponsor code costickcenter.

Due to social distancing and sanitation protocols, the donation process will require at least an hour and a half. Please pack your patience and remember that patients at 43 area hospitals are depending on your donation.

Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older. If a parent is present to fill out a permission form on the day of the blood drive, 16-year-olds will be allowed to donate blood. For more information, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit redcrossblood.org.

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