Versiti will have a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the parish hall at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 504 N. Walnut St., Seymour.
To sign up to donate, visit donate.indiana.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/141653.
Versiti also is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing with donations. As virus cases continue to rise across the country and the world, the need for convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is great.
To help identify potential donors, Versiti is performing a screening test for COVID-19 antibodies on all successful donations. The testing is being conducted in addition to standard Food and Drug Administration-mandated tests on all blood donations.
Because samples are collected at the end of the donation process, the test will not be performed if a donor is deferred or unable to complete their donation, nor can the test be provided on its own. The test will inform donors if they have antibodies reflective of a prior COVID-19 infection. The test does not screen for the virus itself, inform donors if they currently have COVID-19 or indicate future immunity against the virus.
Testing will be done at Versiti’s laboratory in Indianapolis. Donors can find their results through their online account at versiti.org or the Versiti app. Positive test results also will be mailed to the donor.
Potential plasma donors can call 866-702-4673 to donate or visit versiti.org/covid19plasma.