Nebraska Community Blood Bank testing donations for COVID antibodies

Posted at 3:52 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 16:52:06-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - The Nebraska Community Blood Bank is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies through January 31.

Additionally, it will also collect convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in an effort to help treat the virus.

The blood bank says more than 50 percent of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were canceled due to COVID-19 this year and supply remains low.

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In order to donate, you need to be in good health, 17 years of age or older (16 with parental consent), at least 110 pounds, free of antibiotics for 24 hours and symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu.

Blood donation appointments can be made by calling 1-877-486-9414.

Donors will receive a limited edition long-sleeve t-shirt and a voucher for free coffee at local Dunkin locations through January 31.

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