By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: City of Needles and Vitalant (Information):
Needles, California: Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, is having a blood drive from from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT on Friday, July 24th, 2020 inside the Needles Recreation Center, located at 1705 J Street.
All blood types are needed, especially type O, A-negative and B-negative red blood cells.
Only healthy people are encouraged to come and donate blood; donors must be feeling well and free of respiratory illness symptoms, including fever.
People who meet certain travel and other at-risk criteria for coronavirus infection are deferred ahead of time from donating blood.
Vitalant following social distancing requirements to keep donors and staff safe.
Blood donors must be under 99.5˚F at check-in to proceed with your donation.
Staff are using sterile, one-time use collection sets for every donation and wiping down all high-touch areas often and after every collection.
Donors and staff are required to wear a face covering during the blood donating process.
Staff will be taking temperatures prior to entering the blood drive.
Staff use sterile, single-use collection sets for each donor and scrub the donor’s arm for 30 seconds before collecting blood.
Donors and staff who don’t feel well are required to stay home, do not come.
Vitalant is providing COVID-19 antibody testing with every successful donation; blood donors that receives positive results can then choose to aid in the fight against COVID-19 by donating convalescent plasma, the only antibody treatment available for critically ill COVID-19 hospital patients.
For those who have recovered from COVID-19, Vitalant will collect convalescent plasma donations at this blood drive.
To create space, donors are encouraged to make appointments and may even wait in their vehicles before they donate.
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