Memorial Blood Centers Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors

Memorial Blood Centers Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors

November 19, 2020 News -- KSDM-KGHS Uncategorized 0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Memorial Blood Centers Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors

November 18, 2020 (Duluth, MN) – Amid the ongoing challenges of recruiting blood donors during the COVID-19 pandemic, local nonprofit Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations.

The need for blood is constant, but due to the pandemic, many drives have been canceled or postponed. To replenish supplies for Twin Cities’ hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers in the coming weeks. Appointments can be made online at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

Memorial Blood Centers also continues to collect COVID-19 convalescent plasma at all metro donor centers, to build up the public supply of this potential treatment for patients with severe or life-threatening coronavirus disease (MBC.ORG/CPdonor).

More than 50% of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were cancelled due to COVID-19 this year, and the supply remains low (less than a 3-day supply of all blood types). Blood drives are resuming, with additional precautions at all donation sites; appointments are preferred to help maintain social distancing, and donors are required to wear a face mask or face covering.

Blood donation is safe and essential, and MBC has a COVID-19 self-screening policy in addition to general eligibility guidelines. In general, you may be eligible to donate if you are:

  • In good health
  • 17 years or older— or 16 with written parental consent (PDF available on MBC.ORG)
  • At least 110 pounds
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
  • Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu

Visit MBC.ORG to find your nearest drive or donor center, or to make an appointment at one of the public blood drives below.

Between November 20, 2020 and November 30, 2020 as a thank you, all presenting donors will receive pair of holiday themed socks!!

DateSponsorLocationCityTime
11/19/20UMD Housing and Residential LifeLake Superior Hall 143Duluth12:00pm-7:00pm
11/23/20Holy Angels Catholic Church60 Hartman DrMoose Lake11:00am-5:00pm
11/23/20Ioll Designs5912 Waseca StDuluth9:00am-3:00pm
11/30/20KBJR800 W Railroad StDuluth11:00am-7:00pm

About Memorial Blood Centers

Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has been saving lives since 1948 as an independent nonprofit. MBC relies on the local community to donate blood to help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available to area hospitals and other partners throughout the country. With operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, MBC is a division of New York Blood Centers Enterprises (NYBCe), serving communities across the country. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit MBC.ORG. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

 

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