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City of Fort Worth gives Billy Bob’s Texas ‘okay’ to re-open doors for three-day blood drive
Carter BloodCare says current low blood supply is unprecedented
Concerns over COVID-19 and the closings of schools, universities, and businesses have resulted in 4000 canceled blood drives across the country and a dramatic drop in blood donations. The blood banking industry is facing a national emergency and is asking all eligible blood donors to help out. Federal agencies have made urgent pleas for blood donors to give.
Fortunately, Billy Bob’s Texas has the operational staff and space to answer the call for help!
Carter BloodCare and Billy Bob’s Texas, with approval from the City of Fort Worth, have teamed up to hold a special community blood drive at the 81 Club this weekend.
Free parking is located in the plaza outside of Billy Bob’s Texas. All blood donors will enter through the plaza gate and be directed to parking and entrance for the 81 Club. Overflow parking will be in the BBT parking lot across the street from the venue on Stockyards Blvd.
The 81 Club allows for the recommended social distancing between donor beds and in waiting areas. Appointments are strongly encouraged to help manage the flow and avoid crowding. Walk-in appointments will be accepted, but extra precautions will be put in place. Donors without a scheduled appointment will check-in with a BBT staff member upon arrival and be directed to a designated waiting area until space is available.
In addition to social distancing, Carter BloodCare’s routine health screening includes asking if a donor is feeling well and healthy. If you have any symptoms of illness, including cold or flu, you should not give blood. Blood donors are routinely screened for temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, and hemoglobin.
In a time of great uncertainty, one thing is certain – the need for blood donations never slows down. Blood donation is a safe action people can take at a time when many feel powerless. Dr. Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, reiterated that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus and the virus poses no known risk to patients receiving blood.
This is such a difficult time for everyone and the team at Billy Bob’s Texas is grateful to be able to support those on the frontline — doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers – by offering people a chance to save lives by giving blood.
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About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 450,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products.