The City of Happy Valley is once again encouraging residents, friends, families, and businesses to unite in a special event. About thirty minutes is all it takes to save a life and your blood could mean all the difference to someone who has been in an accident or is battling a life-threatening illness. Please consider signing up and help give back to our greater community. We’re aiming to collect as many blood donations as possible as part of the Red Cross’ City Challenge. This annual event has become a community tradition and Happy Valley consistently leads other cities in the charge.
Nervous about donating?
That’s perfectly natural, but rest assured there will lots of friendly faces and kind medical staff available to help you feel more at ease. Giving blood during the pandemic is an easy way to help others and it is also completely safe to participate. In response to the virus, the Red Cross has instituted several safety precautions including sanitizing workstations, practicing social distancing, and timing donors so they aren’t huddled into one room at the same time.
In addition to these safeguards, blood donations collected at the upcoming blood drive will also be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. An antibody test simply assesses whether your immune system has responded to the infection, not if the virus is currently present. the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Anyone seeking a COVID-19 diagnostic test is encouraged to speak with their health practitioner or visit the official Oregon Health Authority website for testing options.
Location: Happy Valley City Hall
Address: 16000 SE Misty Drive