SOUTH FORK- According to Vitalant representative and local blood drive coordinator Karen Miller, South Fork will be hosting their annual drive later this month. “As of right now, we will have our first summer blood drive Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at the South Fork Community Building.
This event is open to the public from Alamosa to Creede and beyond. All donors that make a donation, will automatically be tested for antibodies of COVID-19 in the bloodstream. If a donor tests positive for the COVID-19 antibodies, it means a donor has had the virus at one time and has recovered.
“Donors that are deferred (not eligible to donate) will not be tested. If a donor does have COVID antibodies, the donor will be notified by our offices directly. We cannot share donor information due to HIPPA regulations. Donors who are negative, will not be contacted,” stated Miller.
Vitalant is testing donors throughout the summer months. At each donation event, a donor will be tested for antibodies. “So, this means if you donate blood in June and then donate again in August, you will be tested twice. If a donor shows symptoms of COVID, they will not be seen, and a drive can be shut down. If you are sick, please stay home and follow best practices from local health officials. It is best for donors to make an appointment so we can abide by social distancing rules and masks ARE REQUIRED by donors and staff.”
All donors will also need their ID or donor cards when they come in to donate. Local blood donation makes a monumental impact on the lives of people across the country and here locally. “A lot of you have generously volunteered your time to come donate and make such a difference in the past and for that we thank you.”