Houchin Community Blood Bank will continue its free coronavirus antibody testing until further notice, the organization announced on its Facebook page. 

Due to what it deemed as an "overwhelming response," the blood bank will continue providing the free tests to whole blood, platelet and plasma donors. 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.

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

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