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Blood Assurance Moving to Appointment Only beginning April 3

Community non-profit blood center, Blood Assurance, will be seeing donors by appointment only starting April 3. Due to COVID-19, the CDC has recommended that people practice social distancing and Blood Assurance is taking this step to ensure that donor centers and drives stay uncrowded and are able to maintain space between donors.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our donors and staff,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “Moving to appointment only donations will make it much easier to limit the amount of people in a space and allow us to ensure we are doing our part to maintain social distancing.”
Blood Assurance is continuing to follow new protocols, including extra sanitizing, to ensure the health of its donors and is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak nationally and in its service area. Please visit www.bloodassurance.org/coronavirus for more information about Blood Assurance’s response to COVID-19. Blood Assurance is also urging donors to use its BAQuickScreen app to answer health history questions in advance for donors to save time and limit time in centers and blood drive areas. To do that, donors can visit bloodassurance.org/quickscreen.
Blood Assurance will also be giving away an Echo Dot every week to one randomly chosen donor and two 65-inch TVs between now and May 31. All donors over the age of 18 are eligible to win.
Donating whole blood takes about 30 minutes and can impact 3 people in area hospitals. An appointment can be scheduled by phone or online. To schedule an appointment at a donor center or blood drive, please visit www.bloodassurance.org, call 800-962-0628 or text BAGIVE to 999777.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.
About Blood Assurance
Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia. Founded in 1972 as a joint effort of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Chattanooga Area Hospital Council and the Chattanooga Jaycees, the mission of Blood Assurance is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,455 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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