URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS!
TBC's blood supply is very low. We need your help now to avoid a blood shortage!
The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and now the rising Delta variant is gaining help from organizations across the nation. Now, The Blood Connection in North Carolina is working to help relieve hospitals of some of their stress.
THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA – The Blood Connection (TBC), a local non-profit, community blood center, is offering COVID-19 antibody screening to all blood donors starting Wednesday, August 18. The antibody screening will test each donor’s blood to see if it contains antibodies from the COVID-19 vaccine and/or antibodies from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. TBC will be offering this testing for all donations for a limited time.
Donors with a positive antibody test result may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma. As local hospitals continue to see a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, the demand for convalescent plasma (CCP) has increased. Antibody testing is one way to determine which donors may be eligible to give CCP. To learn more about donating convalescent plasma, please visit thebloodconnection.org/ccp.
The blood product, known as convalescent plasma, has antibodies that can help those critically ill with COVID-19. Research has shown that convalescent plasma has drastically helped many COVID-19 patients battling the virus by lessening the severity and potentially shortening the length of the illness.
TBC relies on community blood donors to provide for its local hospitals. As this community’s blood center, it is essential to maintain an adequate inventory of all blood products, at all times. Donors can make an appointment at a local TBC donation center or find a mobile drive nearby at thebloodconnection.org/donate. TBC encourages businesses and organizations to host a blood drive. To learn how you can help, please visit thebloodconnection.org/host-a-drive.
The Blood Connection holds an emergency press conference with its local hospital partners, UNC Rex Healthcare, and WakeMed Health, to explain the current state of blood supply.
Blood supplies have been running historically-low for historically-high periods of time in the Upstate, putting a strain on local hospitals’ ability to meet patient needs, Upstate health officials said on Thursday, July 8.
The Blood Connection in Myrtle Beach hosted an emergency press conference Wednesday morning with their local hospital partners Grand Strand Medical Center and Conway Medical Center.
The nonprofit center, located at 5141 Sunset Blvd., will also serve as a hub and packing center for Midlands blood mobiles, according to a news release from the organization.