Jul 202020

Spring Valley Rotary Club Hosts Emergency Red Cross Blood Drive July 21

COVID-19 antibody testing included with blood donation

Spring Valley Rotary Club has scheduled an emergency Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, July 21 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane in Northeast Columbia. 

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency need for blood donors to give now to help ensure lifesaving medical treatments and emergency care are not delayed or canceled due to COVID-19. 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 donors. This testing may 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. 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.

Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger have to also meet certain height and weight requirements. All social distancing protocols will be in place and all donors are required to wear a mask. The Red Cross has taken extra steps to ensure that blood drive locations are safe for all donors and Red Cross personnel. To make an appointment, call Diane Junis at (803) 873-0254 or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org. (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments are strongly encouraged and walk-ins may need to wait. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000. 

Spring Valley Rotary Club is a service club of inspired individuals whose contributions improve lives in communities near and far. The club meets virtually, via Zoom, every Thursday from 1 to 2 pm. To learn more about membership in the club, contact Mike Burney at (803) 238-0300 or mburney@doctorsedge.com.

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