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Houchin Community Blood Bank at 5901 Truxtun Ave.

Houchin Community Blood Bank will provide free coronavirus antibody tests to whole blood, platelet and plasma donors this week, Tuesday through Sunday.

In support of Houchin's efforts, Dewar's Ice Cream will hold a "A Pint for a Pint" blood drive Saturday.

The antibody tests check for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, but not the active virus.

To ensure safety, donors are asked to wear masks during their donation and social distancing between donors will be maintained.

Donors must be symptom free to be eligible, as well as pass all other eligibility requirements. Donors should receive results within 72 hours through email.

Those with a positive result may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma to help those with COVID-19 in hospitals.

The Dewar's blood drive will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, at 1120 Eye St. Donors who attend the Dewars drive will receive a free pint of ice cream, a free t-shirt in addition to the antibody test.

To schedule an appointment at the Houchin offices, visit www.hcbb.com/schedule or call 616-2575.

To plan a blood drive, contact Susan Bowser, vice president of business development, at sbowser@hcbb.com.

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