The Summerville Family YMCA is partnering with The American Red Cross to host a Community Blood Drive.
In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30% after sharply declining in early April amid this rapidly changing and complex public health crisis. At the same time, blood drives continue to be canceled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed. There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.
Please join us as keep our social distance and help save lives.
We are asking healthy adults to join us on Thursday, July 16 at our Downtown Family Center located at 208 West Doty, Summerville, SC. We have committed to 50 units of blood to our hospitals, we cannot do it without you.
The American Red Cross will be testing all donors for COVID-19 antibodies during the donation. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days through our Red Cross Blood Donor App or on our donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.*
Please make your appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: SumYMCA
Appointments are necessary to be able to social distance.
Each Red Cross blood drive has the highest standards of safety and infection control. To ensure the health of staff and donors, precautions include:
1) Checking temperatures of donors before entering room.
2) We will be providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
3) Following social distancing between donors.
4) Wearing face masks or coverings for both staff, volunteers and donors at all times.
5) Routinely disinfecting surfaces, equipment and donor-touched areas.
6) Wearing gloves, and changing gloves often and using sterile collection sets and an aseptic scrub for every donation.
*Note: The antibody test is not a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and donors, individuals who do not feel well should continue to postpone donation. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness.
The American Red Cross is regulated by the CDC and FDA. It is safe to give blood as long as you follow all the precautionary measures that the Red Cross has put into place the day-of the blood drive. This includes temperature checks upon arrival, sanitation and social distancing.