Blood Drive

The Red Cross is now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. Ronnika McFall is a spokesperson with the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross began testing all blood, platelets and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, the antibody test is authorized by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.”

District 117 Representative Houston Gaines is calling on constituents to help the American Red Cross. Gaines is hosting a blood drive to help replenish the dwindling blood supply.

Piedmont Healthcare

Piedmont Athens Regional is currently hosting an ongoing blood drive. The hospital has partnered with the American Red Cross to help address the unprecedented number of blood cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Every two seconds there is someone in the United States in need of blood or platelets and all blood types are urgently needed. According to the Red Cross, more than 160 blood drives across Georgia have been cancelled, resulting in more than 7,700 fewer blood donations.

September 5 is National Blood Donation Day and Georgia Governor Brain Kemp is joining his counterparts across the country in issuing a proclamation of the service day in their home state.

The Red Cross says blood donations often drop after the Labor Day holiday.

To schedule an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

A severe shortage of type O blood has the Red Cross urging type O donors, and other eligible donors to give now.

HBO and the Red Cross are inviting Game of Thrones fans to Bleed for the Throne. The partnership is to celebrate the final season of the show.

Ronnika McFall with Red Cross Communications said this is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in the organization’s history.