Rep. Randy Fine Announces Partnership with OneBlood to Offer Free COVID-19 Antibody Tests
By Space Coast Daily // May 20, 2020
unique opportunity to solve two problems
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Representative Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) announced his office had partnered with blood donation provider OneBlood to offer free Covid-19 antibody tests to everyone making a blood donation at one of three blood collection events at his office.
“We saw a unique opportunity to solve two problems – help collect critically needed blood supplies while helping my constituents learn whether they might have acquired COVID-19 immunity,” said Fine.
“Since the start of this pandemic, blood supplies have struggled with donors worried about potentially catching the virus. Now with enhanced safety techniques – and the benefit of antibody testing — we believe we will see strong interest from the public.”
Fine’s office has announced three initial events: May 20, 22, and 27, all at his office at 2539 Palm Bay Road NE. Appointments can be made at oneblood.org.
“This is the latest service we are bringing directly to my constituents, following six weekly Farm Share Free Food Distributions that have provided more than $100,000 worth of food to over 3,000 families,” said Fine.
“We have two food distributions planned – Thursday, the 21st, and Friday, the 29th – both at 10 a.m., after which we will re-evaluate our go-forward strategy. Our office is also working around the clock to help hundreds of my constituents with their unemployment claims and we will continue that until every claim is appropriately processed and paid.”
“There have never been more people in more need in more ways than what we are experiencing. Whether it is food for their families, funds to help them get through government-mandated unemployment, or knowledge of their health situation, the needs are acute, and it is our privilege to do everything we can to try to help.”