Highlands Ranch church offers COVID-19 test with blood donation

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Colorado blood banks are facing severe shortages due to this pandemic, and a blood drive is planned for Highlands Ranch, according to a release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Highlands Ranch.

While COVID-19 patients generally don't need blood, many other patients do. This need has only increased with hospitals performing surgeries, as well as the need for victims of car accidents and other emergencies, the release said.

The nonprofit organization Vitalant, which will organize the Highlands Ranch blood drive, said there is an "urgent shortage" and blood banks have put additional procedures in place to ensure the safety of donors and staff so it is safe and important to donate, according to the release.

Vitalant has a blood drive scheduled in Highlands Ranch at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints at 9800 Foothills Canyon Blvd on Tuesday, July 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, July 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments can by scheduled by calling 303-363-2300 or by visiting donors.vitalant.org and using site code 10230.

Anyone healthy who is over 16 years old and at least 115 pounds can make an appointment to donate.

Vitalant will test the blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, which is an indication for exposure to or recovery from the virus, according to the release. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and usually provide protection against getting the disease again.

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