The American Red Cross plans to following upcoming blood drives in the area:

  • Hoschton — Oct. 14 from 2-7 p.m. The Meeting House, 5615 Grand Reunion Dr., Hoschton.

  • Jefferson — Oct. 26 from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jefferson, 246 Washington St., Jefferson.

  • Braselton — Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, 1400 River Pl., Braselton.

  • Jefferson — Nov. 5 from 1-6 p.m. at Traditions of Braselton, 1665 Traditions Way, Jefferson.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets. Those who come to give Oct. 15-Nov. 11 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Donors are asked to make appointments by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Donors of all blood types are urged to help ensure a stable supply for cancer patients and others this fall. To thank those who come to give in October, the Red Cross is also offering a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card to five winners.

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 an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. 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, Red Cross leaders said.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows 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.

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