The annual Music City Battle of the Badges is scheduled for July 20.

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The annual Music City Battle of the Badges is scheduled for July 20.

This year it’s taking place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Church and FOX 17 News is proud to be a partner.  

The battle is back on between Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and Nashville Fire Department to see who can recruit the most blood donors at this year’s event.

Last year, Metro Police came out on top with all  three agencies totaling 861 pints of lifesaving blood.  And amid coronavirus, blood centers across America need help.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has not diminished the need for lifesaving blood in our community,” Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said. “Despite safer at home directives, our officers have continued to respond to a number of calls involving persons with traumatic injuries. We are counting on donors to the Red Cross to ensure that the emergency blood supply remains constant even in these unprecedented times.”  

As hospitals resume surgeries and other procedures, the Red Cross says it needs the help of donors to prevent another blood shortage.

“A sustainable blood supply has never been more important as it is used for a wide range of clinical circumstances, and donated blood saves lives,” said Michelle Robertson, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Saint Thomas. “At Ascension Saint Thomas, we are honored to support the efforts of impactful organizations saving lives across Middle Tennessee during this challenging time for our communities and the healthcare industry.”

The Music City Battle of the Badges is in its 12th year.

Giving Blood amid COVID-19 & Antibody Testing:

The American Red Cross and blood centers across the U.S. urgently need your help to donate blood. You can help save lives.

Certain mitigation efforts, like temperatures checks, wearings gloves and masks, wiping down stations, providing hand sanitizer and more, will help ensure blood recipient safety, ARC says.

For a limited time, the ARC is starting to test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.

Results will be available on the Red Cross Blood Donor App or online portal about 7-10 days after the donation.

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