CORAL SPRINGS, FL - A blood drive with COVID-19 antibody tests will be held Saturday, June 13, from 10-5 p.m. at 9551 W. Sample Rd. (across from City Hall).

Anyone who has not traveled and is not experiencing any flu-like symptoms is encouraged to donate blood.

The drive is organized by the City of Coral Springs in partnership with Innovative Transfusion Medicine (ITM), a nonprofit blood center serving hospitals across the nation.

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ITM said in a Coral Springs news release that any voluntary whole blood donations made at the Coral Springs test site will include a COVID-19 lgG Antibodies along with a mini-physical, cholesterol test, and snacks.

In the past few weeks, blood centers locally and throughout the country have seen a significant drop in donations because of the coronavirus emergency, the news release said. The closing of schools, churches, and businesses has disrupted routine blood donations.

“This is another way our residents can be tested to ensure they are free of the COVID-19 virus or had been exposed to it, while replenishing our local blood banks,” City Manager Frank Babinec said in a news release. “This event, along with the free (Florida Department of Health) COVID-19 testing at Mullins Hall, are opportunities to ensure the health of our public and prevent further spread of the virus.”
Blood donating is safe, and precautions to ensure donor safety remain in full force, the city said.

Every donor will be assessed for a current fever and recent symptoms and/or travel activity.

If you are healthy, age 17 or older, and weigh at least 115 pounds, you can donate blood. Bring photo ID.

For blood drive information, call lTM in Coral Springs at 954-663-1291.


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