Donating blood could get you a free COVID-19 antibody test

GLASGOW, Ky. – The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive with an incentive, a COVID-19 antibody test.

According to the American Red Cross, for a limited time, the organization is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations to see if the donor has been exposed to the coronavirus is the past.

The testing site in Glasgow at First United Methodist Church was busy Friday during the annual Guns and Hoses blood drive competition between Glasgow police and firefighters.

An antibody test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting an infection like COVID-19.

The antibody test will see if your body has fought off the virus but does not test if your body is currently fighting the virus.

This is not a COVID-19 test to diagnose illness.

Anyone who believes they may have the virus should wait 28 days before getting tested according to the American Red Cross website.

Kirstin Goff, the marketing manager of Servpro of Hardin and Larue counties, who worked at the blood drive, says blood donations are in high demand.

To find out where you can donate blood, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/covid-19-antibody-testing.html