Antibody testing for COVID-19 brings in more blood donors


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The need for blood to save lives never stops.

Michelle Ellis Young, the executive director for the Coastal Virginia American Red Cross, says that normally during the summer months, donations are down due to people being on vacation.

Ellis Young says during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one thing that has helped to keep donations coming this summer.

“What has really helped us is the antibody testing. That has really ramped up those donors and first-time donors coming in as well,” Said Ellis Young.

She says this has helped them maximize the slot capacity at blood drives in the Hampton Roads area.

“The win, win is that they get to come in and figure out if they have been predisposed to the coronavirus, and at the same time, we get to have a donor or new donor come in and help us with the life-saving mission,” she said.

She says they are still in need of all blood types but says there is also a dire need to get blood for sickle cell patients.

“These typically come from African American donors and a small subset of Hispanic donors as well,” said Ellis Young.

If anyone is interested in donating blood, visit

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