A blood drive scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Senoia United Methodist Church from 1 to 6 p.m. is co-sponsored by the local church and the Optimist Club of Senoia.
Due to ongoing concerns relative to COVID-19, the following changes were implemented for the Senoia blood drive held in August and will remain in effect until further notice:
- Donors are asked to enter the front door of the sanctuary where they can sign in and wait while social distancing. Signs will point the way.
- All staff, donors and volunteers are required to wear masks and have their temperature checked before admittance into the blood drive.
- All chairs and donor beds in the Fellowship Hall will be 6 feet apart, and the staff has increased its cleaning/sanitizing of all items.
- While the sealed snacks and beverages provided by the Red Cross will still be available, the local drive will not provide its “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches. Similarly, the coupons associated with local area businesses will not be available. This will eliminate another “touch point” in the effort to not spread the virus.
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment for the upcoming blood drive either by signing up online at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
There is a need for all blood types. If the appointment schedule is full, walk-ins will likely not be able to donate.
If unable to give, potential donors are encouraged to notify others who may be able to donate. Donors will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card from the American Red Cross.
The Red Cross is now testing all donors in their blood drives for COVID-19 antibodies. Participants will be notified 7-10 days after the donation with the results. While these tests can be very expensive from other sources, there is no charge in conjunction with the Red Cross blood drives.
Positive antibody test results do not confirm infection or immunity; a positive antibody test indicates potential exposure to the virus.
The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not attempt to donate until they are symptom-free for 14 days and feel healthy.
The Senoia Area blood drive is typically held at the Senoia United Methodist Church on a quarterly basis. The events traditionally fall on the first Monday of February, May, August and November. After the upcoming event on Nov. 2, the next blood drive for the Senoia area and beyond is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2021.
The Senoia United Methodist Church is in the historic district of Senoia and is located at 229 Bridge St.