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Red Cross To Test Blood Donations For Coronavirus Antibodies

PORTLAND, Maine - The American Red Cross says it will test all blood donations for coronavirus antibodies. Mary Brant, communications manager for the Red Cross Northern New England Region, said the testing is aimed at providing donors "some peace of mind and to know if they have these antibodies.''

The Red Cross says blood that tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies can still safely be donated and used in medical procedures.

The Red Cross will report the number of positive tests to state and federal health agencies, but personal information won't be released.