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Blood drive to help with shortage during COVID-19 Pandemic

Drive is next Wednesday

July 9, 2020
Estherville News

Avera Holy Family Hospital, Northwest Bank and Community Blood Bank will host the annual All American blood drive on Wednesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Avera Holy Family Hospital. The local blood supply is at a critically low status, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an overall decrease in supplies by 50%.

"The only way to increase the blood supply for local patients is through volunteer blood donors to schedule their donation for the upcoming blood drive at the Avera Holy Family Hospital on July 15th," states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. "We are experiencing our lowest blood supply levels in over 20 years. The need for blood is increasing as we see many elective procedures being schedule throughout the area. Support your local blood supply and local heroes by joining us in saving lives in Estherville."

It is safe to donate blood during these times, as Community Blood Bank follows strict guidelines provided by the FDA, CDC and the Association of Blood Banks. With so many businesses either closing temporarily or sending staff to work from home, it has been nearly impossible to find enough organizations able to host a blood drive event.

Blood drive organizers request the community's support at this blood drive, as we move into the summer months, and encourage residents to give blood that will directly save lives in the Estherville community. All who donate will receive a special event t-shirt and special treats, compliments of Northwest Bank.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health. Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate. A valid identification is required at the time of registration. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood.

With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted at this blood drive event. To schedule an appointment donors can log onto and click "events" then select July 15 on the calendar and select "Avera Holy Family Hospital." For information donors may call 1-877-877-3070.



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