October blood drive needs 100 donors


You’re feeling well, you’re in fine health - but you have the sneaking suspicion that you already had, and recovered from, Covid-19 at some point over the past eight months? Sign up for the next Vitalent blood drive here in Globe, Oct. 26 at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center’s Turquoise Conference Room. Healthy donors are urged to sign up online to give a pint; as of today more than 20 appointments remain to be filled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The day’s blood drive schedule is wide open; pick from your choice of time slots, schedule your appointment conveniently online at bloodhero.com (search by zip code 85501) or call 877-25-VITAL. Giving blood is safe; there is no evidence that Covid-19 can be transmitted through blood donation, and blood drive staff and volunteers take precautions to assure physical distancing and donors’ safety.

Donations are desperately needed, too. The American Red Cross is scrambling to make up for the cancellation of 13,000 blood drives across the United States, an unprecedented loss of 400,000 donations.

And here’s an added bonus; if you’re among the many people who believe they may have contracted and recovered from Covid-19 or never had symptoms, both Vitalent and the American Red Cross announced last month that all blood donations are now being screened for antibodies to the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Vitalent sponsors this month’s blood drive and reports: “We are providing this test to help find donors who are positive for antibodies, and who could help Covid-19 patients by becoming future convalescent plasma donors. Whether you test positive or negative for antibodies, we’ll provide you with your antibody test results.”

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