The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is partnering with The Blood Connection (TBC) for a community blood drive during a time of urgent need for blood donations. The drive will be held at Piedmont Hall (2409 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC) in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Thursday, October 1st from 12pm-7pm. Those who complete a blood donation will receive a $20 VISA gift card as a thank you. This drive comes at a critical time of need for donations of all blood types, as well as convalescent plasma donations.
The Blood Connection is an independently managed non-profit community blood center. Since TBC’s donations have dropped due to COVID-19, this collaboration to host a community blood drive will boost collection efforts during this time of urgent need for blood donations of all blood types. TBC provides blood products to more than 70 hospitals in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and blood is needed daily. In North Carolina, TBC supplies hospitals from Asheville to the Outer Banks. TBC spans almost 40 counties across North Carolina as the leading provider to CarolinaEast Medical Center, UNC Healthcare, Vidant Health and WakeMed Health systems.
COVID-19 antibody testing will also be included with all complete blood donations. The test, which will provide blood donors with a positive or negative result in about seven business days, will be included in the normal panel of testing that is done to all complete blood donations collected by the organization. TBC wants to ensure that this is not a diagnostic test for COVID-19 infection. The FDA and CDC have both said that a positive antibody test result does not prove the individual has immunity to the virus and that research of antibodies is still being conducted.
These special precautions will be taken during this drive to limit exposure and encourage social distancing:
-Donor flow will be set up to limit donor interaction.
-All TBC staff will be wearing masks. Donors are required to wear masks.
-Donor beds will be spaced as far apart as possible.
-Donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to maintain social distancing.
Make an appointment by visiting this link or by calling 800-392-6551.
Signage will direct donors to the drive entrance and free parking will be available. Appointments are strongly recommended in order to control social distancing and limit interaction. All donors will receive a $20 VISA gift card as a thank you. Donors can find their antibody test results in their online donor portal (not the TBC app) seven business days after donation. Donors can make an appointment here.