Public invited as Bay County and City employees face off in ‘blood battle’ donation drive
BAY CITY, MI - Bay County employees will face off against Bay City employees in a ‘blood battle.’There’s no physical fighting involved in this battle - the county and city are squaring off in a competitive blood drive to see which team can bring in the most blood donations. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12 and Friday, May 14, the county vs. city blood drive, or ‘blood battle’ as the official flyer says, will be held at the Bay County Community Center at 800 John F. Kennedy Drive in Bay City. The blood drive comes as hospitals across the state are seeing an urgent need for blood, according to Bradley Warju of Versiti Blood Center of Michigan. Versiti is hosting the county vs. city blood drive in Bay City. Those registering for the Bay City team can register here online while a separate registration page is available here for the Bay County team.mlive.com
WeLoveU Foundation brings nationwide blood drive to Metro Detroit
The blood drive will be carried out in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing. FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The International WeLoveU Foundation (“WeLoveU”) in partnership with Versiti is hosting a blood drive on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Delta Hotels Marriott located in Farmington Hills. Recent winter storms created widespread concern for the nation’s severe blood supply shortages. This event is one of over 20 blood drives taking place throughout the US as a part of WeLoveU’s National Blood Drive Campaign. WeLoveU’s Los Angeles blood drive captured the attention of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer who commended the spirit of the WeLoveU volunteers.
There is a critical need for COVID-19 survivors to donate convalescent plasma
DETROIT – Versiti said the supply level for convalescent plasma from COVID-19 survivors is dwindling. Convalescent plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 contains antibodies that can bind to the virus that causes COVID-19, neutralizing it. Versiti is asking community members who have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered to donate plasma. You are eligible if you’ve had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 by a physician and laboratory testing. READ: Michigan Medicine awarded funding for COVID-19 plasma therapy trial
‘Critical need’ for plasma from coronavirus survivors
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Versiti Blood Centers issued an urgent plea for plasma donations from those who have recovered from the coronavirus. The COVID-19 convalescent plasma is needed to treat patients as hospitalizations surge. The demand for convalescent plasma at hospitals served by Versiti, formerly Michigan Blood, has doubled in the last four weeks. “We are facing a critical need,” Dr. Dan Waxman, Versiti’s vice president of transfusion medicine and senior medical officer, said in a statement issued Wednesday, Nov. 11. It is shipping out the plasma three times faster than it is taking it in.mlive.com
Versiti blood donation center to remain open amid ‘stay-at-home’ order in Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Versiti Blood Center of Michigan will remain open amid the state’s “stay-at-home” order due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. RELATED: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand as of Tuesday morningUnder Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s executive “stay-at-home” order, residents may leave their homes for Healthcare and Public Health Operations -- which includes visiting blood, plasma and platelet donation centers, officials said. “Versiti Blood Center of Michigan supplies blood to nearly 80 hospitals across the state," said Versiti Chief Medical Officer Thomas Abshire. Those interested in donating can schedule an appointment by calling 866-642-5663 or visiting their website here.