Red Cross blood donations to be tested for coronavirus

The Red Cross has a couple new benefits for donating blood. Communications Manager Laura McGuire says the need for blood is critical. An added bonus for donors will include all blood being tested for COVID-19 antibodies. McGuire says not only will donors learn if they’ve already been exposed to coronavirus, but the information will also be used by the Food and Drug Administration to track its spread. To help inspire more donations, $5 Amazon.com gift cards are also being handed out. Upcoming blood drives are being held this Thursday afternoon at the Beloit Public Library, and next week Monday and Tuesday at the Cargill Methodist Church in Janesville.