Blood drive set for Oct. 5

Staff report

SIDNEY – The Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County will host a Community Blood Center blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 304 South West Ave., Sidney. Everyone who registers to donate can choose a free T-shirt or other available donor gift from recent blood drive campaigns. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 800-388-GIVE.

October arrives with a chance for donors to choose a gift from a previous blood drive campaign they may have missed. Everyone who registers to donate through Saturday, Oct. 8, at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive a T-shirt or other donor gift from the available supply.

Community Blood Center is taking necessary steps to comply with new recommendations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to protect the blood supply against the Zika virus.

The FDA has recommended universal testing of all donated whole blood and blood components for the Zika virus in the U.S. and its territories. CBC has applied for use of the blood screening test. Ohio and Indiana are among the states that have until Nov. 18, 2016 to begin testing.

CBC will continue the screening methods in place to defer potential donors for 28 days who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the prior four weeks. The list of active Zika transmission areas includes Florida’s Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America.

CBC asks all donors to be aware that travel restrictions impact the available blood supply by further limiting the number of people able to donate. CBC encourages eligible donors to schedule appointments and donate when able.

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Staff report