PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (Feb. 12, 2021) — Join the American Red Cross and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Residence Hall Association in helping to save lives at the UW Platteville Blood Drive Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb.17 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest Hall, 1100 Southwest Road. This blood drive is open only to UW Platteville students, faculty and staff. Appointments are strongly encouraged to abide with social distancing guidelines. Donors are asked to use sponsor code UWP when scheduling their appointments online.
As COVID-19 cases have risen across the U.S., so has the need for convalescent plasma – leading to a shortage of this potentially lifesaving blood product. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their plasma that could provide a patient’s immune system the boost it needs to beat the virus.
Since March 2020, many students, staff and faculty have been positively diagnosed with COVID-19. Now these individuals can help by simply giving whole blood. The Red Cross invites all eligible blood donors to rally around a lifesaving cause. If you are on or off campus, there’s no better way to celebrate the giving nature of the community than by helping the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply.
All presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give this February will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
“The winter months can be among the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood donations,” said Nicole Miller, donor recruitment account manager, for the Red Cross. “We are so thankful for generous donors that give blood especially amid the pandemic.”
Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter.
Important COVID-19 information for donors
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 they developed symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may qualify to be convalescent plasma donors.
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.