BATON ROUGE, La. (BrProud) – Ochsner Baton Rouge will offer all successful blood and platelet donors a free COVID-19 antibody test at the Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge located at 17000 Medical Center Dr. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ochsner blood banks are currently experiencing a critical blood shortage, according to Ochsner Baton Rouge. All blood types are needed, especially platelets and Type O red cells. The anti-body test promotion is currently available at participating Ochsner Blood Bank sites around Louisiana.
Ochsner Health gives the following information to those who wish to donate:
- Eat a healthy meal and drink water prior to donating.
- Individuals taking medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol CAN donate.
- All blood types are needed.
- Picture ID required.
More information from Oschner Health on COVID-19 Antibody Testing:
- A COVID-19 antibody test can determine if a person’s immune system has created antibodies in response to COVID-19. Presence of the antibody indicates the individual has been infected with COVID-19 in the past but is not guaranteed immunity or protection from future infection.
- Because this virus is new and there are still many unknowns, there is not enough information at this time to determine what defines COVID-19 immunity and how long immunity may last.
- During your blood donation, a small amount of the blood collected will be separately tested for COVID-19 antibodies. All participating donors will be notified via mail of the results. Note: To be eligible for the free COVID-19 antibody test, it must be a successful blood or platelet donation.
- While the antibody testing is a step in the right direction, people should continue to follow CDC guidelines, including social distancing, wearing a mask in public and good hand hygiene practices. Individuals with a negative antibody test should be aware that they have not been infected by the virus or developed antibodies to COVID-19. If an individual were to test positive for antibodies, the same social practices should remain in place prior to testing as we continue to learn more about this virus.
A list of Ochsner blood banks and blood drives can be found here.