American Red Cross Blood Drive November 23

November 16, 2020 – In recent months, hospital demand for blood products has grown significantly after sharply declining amid the public health crisis caused by coronavirus. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

In response to the urgent need, College Place United Methodist Church is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, November 23, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., in the Social Hall, 3890 Altama Avenue, Brunswick.

Testing for COVID-19 antibodies will also be administered and results will be offered via the blood donor app 10 days post donation.

Social distancing protocols will be implemented. There is no data or evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus, including coronavirus, worldwide.

The Red Cross has implemented the following measures to ensure blood drives are safe for donors and staff, including:

  • Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering to make sure they are healthy
  • Providing masks to those who do not have one
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before and throughout the donation process
  • Spacing beds, where possible, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors
  • Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment

Individuals who would like to donate are asked to make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org and enter “Brunswick” to schedule an appointment. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

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