Blood drive slated for June 2
As regions begin to reopen and hospitals anticipate the return of elective surgeries, the Community Blood Center (CBC) is issuing an urgent call for healthy blood donors. The need for blood has rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, but the blood supply is dangerously low. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are far below that minimum.
A local blood drive will be held in Sabetha from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Sabetha’s City Hall Gym. The blood drive is by appointment only due to social distancing. Walk-ins will not be allowed.
If you are feeling healthy and well and meet general eligibility guidelines, please schedule your donation now to help ensure a stable blood supply amid coronavirus concerns.
According to a press release issued by CBC, it is safe to donate blood, and they encourage healthy individuals to donate so blood is available for those patients who need it. Donors are encouraged to wear personal masks, or CBC will provide one for you.
All donors’ temperatures will be taken at the door, and will maintain six feet apart throughout. CBC blood collection sites are disinfected in between each donor, and they are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 as per CDC recommendations. Our staff members also are practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work.
“The blood supply is a critical part of our healthcare system. It is imperative for healthy individuals to come in and donate blood so that it’s available to those in need,” said Kim Peck, Senior Executive Director of Community Blood Center. “At this unprecedented time, this is one thing you can do to help someone who desperately needs it. We have extended hours at our donor centers, and we’re encouraging donors to schedule an appointment to visit one of these controlled, safe environments.”
As always, people are not eligible to donate if they are experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms.
Additional information is available at www.savealifenow.org/coronavirus.
Contact Lyla Edelman at [email protected] or 785-284-2477 if you have questions about donating.