Jackson Center community blood drive is Oct. 21

Staff report

JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center community will sponsor a Community Blood Center blood drive Friday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jackson Center High School gym, 204 Linden St. The blood drive is open to eligible students, staff and community members.

The “Buckeye Strong Blood Donor” ceramic coffee tumbler is a warm gift to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

CBC’s fall 2016 high school t-shirt was designed by 2015 CBC/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship winner Maya Wills from Houston High School.

Maya impressed the judges with her empathetic slogan “Share Your Life… Share Your Blood” and the originality of her artwork. Her t-shirt design features two figures connected by a single arm with the color red flowing from one to the other.

CBC to begin testing for Zika virus

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.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org


Staff report

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