Give Blood. Save Lives!
d.41 Event Space is teaming up with the American Red Cross for the next few months. Due to the current health crisis, all scheduled donation sites (government buildings, libraries, schools, etc.) have been closed. However, blood shortages across the country continue to rise. If you are feeling great and have not been in contact with anyone exposed to COVID-19, we are asking that you consider donating today! Please see below for information to register and extra precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of donors and the American Red Cross staff.
WHEN CAN I DONATE?
Discover Your Antibody Test Status When You Give Blood
For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. This testing will provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to this coronavirus. The Red Cross is committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic.
What is the Antibody Test?
An antibody test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting an infection, like COVID-19. An antibody test assesses whether your immune system has responded to the infection, not if the virus is currently present. The COVID-19 antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.
Please note the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not present to donate until they are symptom-free for 28 days and feeling well and healthy.
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Donors are required to wear face masks during their donation. Masks provided if donors do not have them.
Temp screening & professional-grade hand sanitization prior to entering drive.
Assisted check-in to minimize screen touching.
Health History and Donation area.
Additional cleaning and sanitization between donors.
From the US Surgeon General
US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams called on healthy Americans to donate blood. "You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement," Adams said this week on NBC.
Adams' comments come after the American Red Cross announced on Tuesday that it is facing a "severe blood shortage" due to an "unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations" in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Such cancellations have resulted in about 86,000 fewer blood donations, according to the American Red Cross.
A message from the American Red Cross
"As a nation, this is a time where we must take care of one another including those most vulnerable among us in hospitals,” Gail McGovern, president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross.
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