Doctors assistant checking access at female blood giver

Help save lives by giving blood! Asheville Outlets (ShopAshevilleOutlets.com) will host two blood donation drives in partnership with the American Red Cross on Fridays, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for the COVID-19 antibody. Red Cross donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within seven to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

The Asheville Outlets blood drives will be held in American Red Cross mobile unit vehicles. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/give and entering the sponsor code Ashevilleoutlets. Check-in will be located at the Food Court entrance to the center. Donors will be able to wait in their vehicles or inside the Food Court until their appointment time.

The American Red Cross will establish additional safety guidelines to ensure all donors are socially distanced. If you cannot donate blood, you can still help by making a monetary donation at RedCross.org/donate/donation.

“Donating blood can help save lives and Asheville Outlets is pleased to support the American Red Cross by hosting these vital blood donation drives,” says Carla De Maria, Marketing Director of Asheville Outlets.

The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

It is safe to donate blood. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the coronavirus (COVID-19) does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.

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