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National Call to Action Urges Americans to Donate Convalescent Plasma

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA (JULY 31, 2020) – An urgent plea from the President and top public health officials has thrust the potentially lifesaving effects of convalescent plasma into the national spotlight. Convalescent plasma has proven to drastically help many COVID-19 patients battling the virus. At a roundtable discussion on July 30, President Donald Trump, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, among others, urged the public to donate convalescent plasma to help their fellow Americans. The Blood Connection (TBC) has been at the forefront of local convalescent plasma collection efforts for several months, in its commitment to meet every patient’s need. Rarely is the blood collection community highlighted by nation leadership, but because of blood centers’ essential role in collecting convalescent plasma, TBC’s work is now part of a public health initiative.

BEHIND THE SCENES - BOONE HALL PLANTATION, Things to do in Charleston

First, we need to recognize that long time Boone Hall owner Willie McRae passed away on April 2, 2020. Although he never sought recognition for being so, Willie is a Lowcountry giant. He was an incredible visionary who was always looking for new and innovative ways to present the "magical, mystical" place that Boone Hall Plantation is. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, but undoubtedly the crown jewel of those was his implementation of a conservation easement agreement in November of last year.

The Charleston shutdown 2020 has affected the Charleston business community and the restaurants have had to make a lot of changes to stay in business. Charleston is known for its Southern Hospitality and great food. This shutdown has been a challenge and The Fat Hen on Johns Island has to overcome some of these challenges.

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA (April 6, 2020) – The Blood Connection (TBC) has announced that it is collecting donations from recovered COVID-19 patients to help with research and clinical trials. The blood product, known as convalescent plasma, may have antibodies that can help those critically ill from COVID-19 to fight the virus.

A ROUNDUP OF FIFTEEN WEDDING VENUES TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR BIG DAY

As a wedding photographer, I have a unique perspective on wedding venues in Charleston because I visit so many of them on a regular basis. I have seen them in different seasons, different weather conditions and so forth.

In this post, I am dishing the pros and cons of each one, and a pointer that I think will come in handy for you as a Bride.

Narrowing to some of my favorite Charleston wedding venues was no easy feat, so only the venues that can accommodate a ceremony and a reception are on this list.

Let’s dive in!

Blood Drive Cancellations and Low Donor Turnout, Community Urged to Donate

UPDATE (as of 03/09/20): Concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) are negatively impacting blood donations. Blood centers across the nation are pleading for anyone who is feeling healthy to do their part and donate. For a few weeks now, The Blood Connection (TBC) has seen an increase in blood drive cancellations and low donor turnout due to the fears surrounding the virus that has been heavily covered in the news. TBC and other blood centers nationwide are concerned that this could lead to blood shortages, which could impact local hospitals.

“The impacts on the blood supply from COVID-19 will only be as bad as this community allows it to be,” said Dr. Robert Rainer, Medical Director for The Blood Connection. “If those who are feeling healthy donate now and encourage others to do the same, there could be little to no impact, and communities’ blood supplies will remain resilient and self-sustaining.”

You never think it’s going to happen to you. All the planning, anticipating, googling and packing – then you wake up to your first day of vacation, and something feels off. There is nothing worse than getting sick when you’re far from home.

Google “virtual care in Charleston” and you’ll find Roper St. Francis Virtual Care - https://www.rsfh.com/virtualcare . Within a minute you’ll be in line for much needed advice. Your urgent care visit professional will take it from there. You’ll be feeling better soon – look out King Street!

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