Blood donations needed
CRMC drive scheduled May 7-8 in Crosby
Healthy individuals are strongly encouraged to make an appointment and donate blood at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s blood drive scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the Crosby-Ironton High School gym, 711 Poplar St., Crosby.
There is no known end date in this fight against the coronavirus, and the Red Cross needs the help of all types of blood and platelet donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. As part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations, a CRMC news release said.
Blood donation is a safe process, and people should not hesitate to give and receive blood, the news release said. Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols. During this uncertain time, in addition to standard procedures, more tactics have been implemented including pre-donation donor temperature screening, enhanced disinfecting, social distancing, staff wellness and protection and providing increased education.
Appointments may be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App , visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome; the process generally takes about 45 minutes.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Contact the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276 with any eligibility questions.