MEDIC Regional Blood Center Continues to Screen Donors for COVID-19 Antibodies

WHO:                MEDIC Regional Blood Center

WHAT:              MEDIC Regional Blood Centercontinues to screen all donors for COVID-19 Antibodies.

                          Antibody testing is an effort to identify COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP) donors to increase inventories to meet the demand of regional hospitals. 

MEDIC is NOT performing COVID-19 virus testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms. 

                           Donors must have a successful blood or blood-related product donation to receive the antibody test.

WHEN:              Through August 31st

WHERE:            All Month – MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers:

Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue

Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike

Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue

Crossville – 79 S. Main Street

                           August 10 – 14 – New Midland Plaza – Blount County
August 17 – 21 – Sevierville Golf/Country Club

                           August 24 – 28 – Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Ridge

                           August 31 – Various Locations

Note: MEDIC is requiring donors to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one.

Note: MEDIC is requiring appointments for all donors. This will allow for social distancing and to control donor flow.

                           Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.

WHY:                 The need for COVID Convalescent Plasma is urgent. Antibody testing is an effort to identify CCP donors to increase inventories to meet the demand of regional hospitals. Results will be provided only to those who have positive results for COVID-19 antibodies. Results will not be discussed on the phone or via email.

                        MEDIC continues to follow social distancing guidelines and will continue wellness checks upon entry at all locations and drives.

As a reminder, the blood on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.    The CCP on the shelves is what is used right now for patients in need.   

OTHER:           Donors should be healthy and well when donating. Additionally, they should eat a healthy meal and be hydrated before attempting to give.

WEBSITE:         www.medicblood.org

SOCIAL

MEDIA:             Facebook: @medicblood

                           Twitter: @medicblood

                           Instagram: @medicbloodcenter

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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