COVID-19 Antibody Testing

OneBlood is testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Appointments to donate are requiredMasks are required to be worn by all blood donors. You may wear your own or we will provide one for you if needed.

Please DO NOT present to donate if you have a fever or experiencing flu like symptoms. You MUST be symptom free for 14 days prior to donating.

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COVID-19 Antibody May 17, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions

The COVID-19 antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. COVID-19 antibody testing will be performed in addition to the standard infectious disease testing all blood donations receive.

Yes, you must have an appointment at a donor center or a Big Red Bus. Click Here to find a location near you and book your appointment.
No. The COVID-19 antibody test does not test for the presence of COVID-19. The antibody test looks to see if the blood contains antibodies to the virus.The test does not check for the presence of an active COVID-19 infection.

The COVID-19 antibody is not harmful to you and it is not harmful if transfused to a patient. In fact, it has special lifesaving potential. Studies have shown that by transfusing the plasma from a person who has recovered from the coronavirus, into a patient still fighting the virus, it can help boost the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover. The treatment is known as, COVID-19 convalescent plasma.

Plasma derived from donations that test positive for the COVID-19 antibody will likely be designated as convalescent plasma. Learn more about convalescent plasma.

Yes, in order to get the COVID-19 antibody test, a complete donation must be given. This test is available to donors that complete a whole blood, platelet or double red blood cell or plasma donation. You do not need to be a current donor with OneBlood to receive the COVID-19 antibody test.

No. A positive result indicates that you may have had previous exposure to COVID-19 and your body has developed antibodies to the virus. This is not a diagnostic test. Both the FDA and CDC have said they do not know if the antibodies that result from a COVID-19 infection will provide someone with immunity from a future coronavirus infection.

Yes! Your results will be available in the donor portal approximately 48 - 96 hours post-donation.  You will need to make sure you provide your email to the phlebotomist during registration so you can activate your account post-donation. If you already have an account you can login with your username and password.

Yes. You must have a successful donation in order to receive COVID-19 antibody results. OneBlood’s standard operating procedure is that only successful donations move on to testing at our laboratory, Creative Testing Solutions. Therefore, if you are unable to complete your donation, the COVID-19 antibody test, as well as all standard infectious disease testing and wellness results, such as cholesterol, will not be performed or provided.

You will be receiving a confirmation letter in the mail from OneBlood regarding your positive COVID-19 antibody test result. Once you receive the letter, please complete the CCP pre-registration process so we can determine your eligibility to become a Convalescent Plasma donor.

Click Here to Pre-Register.

OneBlood is using the FDA-authorized Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Vitros® Anti-SARS-CoV2 Total Test.

OneBlood will provide COVID-19 antibody testing on all donations for the foreseeable future.

No. However, OneBlood will be testing for the COVID-19 antibody for the foreseeable future, so you are encouraged to book your next appointment and your donation will be tested at that time.

Seeing Your Results

Within approximately 48 – 96 hours following your donation, you will be able to view the results of your COVID-19 antibody test along with all your wellness information in the donor portal. Creating and activating an account is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Provide a valid email to your phlebotomist at the time of registration.  
  2. Wait to receive your thank you account activation email from OneBlood.
  3. Click on activate my account and use the same email that you gave at registration.

If you already have an account all you need to do is login using your email and password.

Please note, a positive COVID-19 antibody test does not mean you are immune from COVID-19. A positive test result indicates that the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to fight the coronavirus. The antibodies are not harmful to you and it is not harmful if transfused to a patient. In fact, it has special lifesaving potential.

*Donor must have successful donation to obtain results. If donor does not have account created in donor portal already, they must provide email address to phlebotomist at the time of registration so account can be created.  Donor will receive email post donation with instructions. The same email provided at registration is used to activate donor portal account.
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Enhanced Safety At OneBlood

Safe to Donate Blood

The top priority of OneBlood is the safety of our donors, team members and blood recipients. Masks are required to be worn by all blood donors. You may wear your own or we will provide one for you if needed. All blood centers are regulated by the FDA and must follow strict guidelines on how they operate. OneBlood meets all FDA guidelines and all team members follow strict safety protocols including:

  • All OneBlood phlebotomists wear masks
  • All OneBlood phlebotomists wear medical gloves that are changed for each donation.
  • All donor-touched areas and equipment are disinfected after every donation. This includes, donor beds, registration tablets, blood-pressure cuff and hemoglobin sensors.
  • A sterile collection set is used for every donation.
  • Every donor receives a mini-physical that includes a temperature check to ensure donors are healthy and well on the day of donation.
  • Only people who are healthy are eligible to donate blood.

Social Distancing at Blood Drives and Donor Centers

OneBlood has implemented additional social distancing safety protocols including:

  • Mobile Locations: Only a certain number of people will be permitted on the Big Red Bus at any one time. Donors will be asked to provide their cell phone number so they can wait in their car or outside the bloodmobile. They will be called when it is their turn to come aboard the bus to donate blood. 
  • Donor Centers: Donors can wait in the donor center, but will need to maintain a safe distance between other donors or they can wait in their car and they will be called when it is their turn to donate.
  • Please be aware that we do NOT test for COVID-19. You should contact your health care provider if you want to be tested.  

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