As a thank you to blood donors, SunCoast Blood Centers will now test all blood donors for the antibodies to COVID-19. Antibodies are produced when a person has been infected, therefore, a positive result from this test would indicates that the donor was previously exposed to the virus.
This test will be offered through August 31, 2020.
The test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-Co V-2 and is not intended to diagnose or treat COVID-19. Donors should be healthy at the time of donation and must meet all donor criteria. Donors who have a positive test result will be notified while donors who have a negative result will not by notified.