CambridgeSide to Host American Red Cross Blood Drive with All Blood Donations Tested for COVID-19 Antibody

Friday, July 31, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (July 2020) - CambridgeSide (CambridgeSide.com) will host a blood donation drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. American Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for the COVID-19 antibody. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

The blood drive at CambridgeSide will be held on Level 2 across from Old Navy. American Red Cross will establish additional safety guidelines to ensure all donors are socially distanced. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting CambridgeSide.com. If you cannot donate blood, you can still help by making a monetary donation at RedCross.org/donate/donation.

“We are pleased to partner with the American Red Cross by hosting this important donation drive. The new COVID-19 antibody testing can provide valuable information to donors,” says Melissa LaVita, Senior Marketing Director of CambridgeSide.

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 has developed symptoms. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

General Safety
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.

Red Cross Donation Safety Protocols
The top priority of the Red Cross is the safety of our donors, volunteers, employees and blood recipients, and we are committed to transparency with the American public during this evolving public health emergency. There are no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus.

Donating blood products is essential to community health and eligible donors are strongly urged to donate bloodplatelets, or AB Elite plasma. The Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation – and who meet other eligibility requirements.

At each blood drive or donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols, including:       

  • Wearing gloves and changing them often.
  • Wiping down donor-touched areas after every collection.
  • Using sterile collection sets for every donation.
  • Preparing the arm for donation with aseptic scrub.
  • Conducting donor mini physicals to ensure donors are healthy and well on day of donation. 

We have also increased our vigilance concerning some of these safety protocols including: 

  • Enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.  
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before entering and throughout the donation appointment. 
  • Temperature checks before presenting donors enter the blood drive or donation center. 
  • Following social distancing practices between donors including donor beds, as well as waiting and refreshment areas.
  • Staff wearing basic face masks.

To ensure our staff are healthy each day, we have implemented standard staff health assessments prior to all blood drives.  Finally, only eligible and healthy people can give blood.  These mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection.

CambridgeSide 
The reimagined CambridgeSide is a place to shop, dine, indulge and relax. CambridgeSide features one great waterfront location with over 80 shops and restaurants in Cambridge, MA, just steps from downtown Boston. CambridgeSide’s mix of retailers includes Apple, H&M, Superdry, Sephora, Macy’s, Best Buy, T.J. Maxx and more. The diverse mix of restaurants boasts Massachusetts’ first World of Beer and The Cheesecake Factory, in addition to over 15 other eateries. CambridgeSide is located near top tourism attractions including the Museum of Science and Charles Riverboat. CambridgeSide is handicapped and MBTA accessible (Green Line T to Lechmere Station or Red Line T to Kendall Square to the free CambridgeSide Shuttle Bus), and offers attached, covered parking. Regular hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. For directions and information, call 617-621-8666 or visit CambridgeSide.com. CambridgeSide is a New England Development shopping destination.