Community members encouraged to donate during upcoming blood drives organized by Tidelands Health
Tidelands Health is partnering with the American Red Cross to sponsor two blood drives in the next week to help replenish a shortage in supply amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Community members who are healthy are encouraged to donate at the upcoming blood drives:
- Friday, April 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Howard Gym and Auditorium, 1610 Hawkins Street, Georgetown
- Wednesday, April 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Waccamaw Medical Park South, 4367 Riverwood Drive in Murrells Inlet, across from Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital
The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage because an unprecedented number of blood drives have been canceled during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tidelands Health has not experienced a critical shortage of blood supply as a result of the national decline but has implemented strategies to conserve its supply.
“Donating blood is one way you can help as we all work together against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic,” said Adam Mattox, director of laboratory services at Tidelands Health. “If you are healthy and able, we encourage you to donate at one of the upcoming blood drives. Your donation can help make sure our health system has the supply we need as we continue caring for our community amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
Donors can make an appointment to donate during the upcoming blood drives at redcrossblood.org. Appointments will take priority, but walk-ins are welcome.
Blood drive organizers are taking extra steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Donors will have their temperatures taken upon arrival, and those with a temperature of 99.5 degrees or higher will not be allowed to donate. Anyone feeling sick or experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should stay home and consider donating when they’re well.
Organizers will be frequently disinfecting surfaces and providing additional hand sanitizer for donors and volunteers to use.
Blood drive workers also will be practicing social distancing in interactions with others and providing additional space between donors.
Blood donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Be sure to bring a valid ID.