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Blood drive scheduled in Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur will be holding a blood drive on Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 25 in the social hall of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Buckhannon.

Social distancing and the cancellation of many blood drives has created an urgent need for healthy, eligible people to donate blood.

Blood donations assist patients diagnosed with cancer, accident and burn victims, and heart surgery and organ transplant patients.

The blood will be drawn by Vitalant, the blood supplier for St. Joseph’s Hospital and United Hospital Center. As an additional benefit to donors, testing will also be done for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Vitalant is the first national blood collector to implement this antibody testing.

For more information about COVID-19 antibody testing, go to vitalant.org/antibodytest. Donors need to be identified prior to the drive and appointments will be scheduled.

If you are willing to be a blood donor, call 304-473-2164 or email Allyson.Fell.m@wvumedicine.org with your name, phone number and email address.

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