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Red Cross Seeks Donations After Winter Storms
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KENTUCKY - After record-breaking cold and winter storms that forced the cancellation of more than 10,000 blood and platelet donations in parts of the U.S. in February, the American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help cannot wait.

Individuals are urged to make appointments to donate in the coming days and weeks by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients. 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Johnson County, IL

Vienna

3/15/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fellowship Baptist Church, 890 Senior Avenue

 

Pulaski County, IL

Ullin

2/24/2021: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd.

3/9/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cross Road United Methodist Church, 1289 Ullin Ave

 

Calloway County, KY

Murray          

2/25/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main St

3/3/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main Street

3/11/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main St

3/12/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Financial Bank, 210 North 12th Street

 

Carlisle County, KY

Bardwell

3/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bardwell Community, 65 John Roberts Drive

 

Fulton County, KY

Fulton

3/2/2021: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 115 Second St

 

Graves County, KY

Lowes

3/11/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lowes Elementary School, 6775 State RT. 440

Mayfield

2/23/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 211 South 7th

2/26/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., CFSB Mayfield, 100 Dick Castleman Bypass

3/10/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 211 South 7th

Symsonia

3/4/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Symsonia Elementary School, 11730 State Route 131

 

Livingston County, KY

Smithland

3/5/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Smithland First Baptist Church, 237 Court Street

 

Lyon County, KY

Eddyville

2/26/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Lyon County Convention Center @ Lee S Jones Park, 172 Lee S Jones Park

Kuttawa

3/8/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Kuttawa, 316 Walnut Drive

 

Marshall County, KY

Benton

2/22/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Central Elementary School Marshall County, 115 Jim Goheen Drive

3/1/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., CFSB Benton Banking Center, 221 West 5th Street

3/10/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Briensburg Church of Christ, 2349 Benton Briensburg Road

3/11/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Draffenville Pharmacy, 153 US-68

3/15/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Woodmen Life, 1005 Poplar Street

Calvert City

2/23/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Altona Baptist Church, 5817 US HWY 62

2/25/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 US Highway 62

3/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvert City Civic Center, 991 E. 5th Ave.

Hardin

3/19/2021: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hardin Baptist Church, 218 College Street

 

McCracken County, KY
Paducah

2/22/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 6125 Blandville Rd.

2/24/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Concord United Methodist Church, 5178 Hinkleville Road

2/24/2021: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Reidland Church of Christ, 5500 Kentucky Dam Road

3/1/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive

3/10/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Concord United Methodist Church, 5178 Hinkleville Road

3/14/2021: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9701 Blandville Road

 

Hickman County, TN

Centerville

3/1/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fairfield Church of Christ, 1860 Hwy. 100



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Published 07:13 AM, Monday Feb. 22, 2021
Updated 07:31 AM, Monday Feb. 22, 2021

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