Dell Rapids, SD – Challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep local blood supplies at extremely low levels. We see a demand for blood increases, as hospitals ramp up on the number of elective surgeries in the surrounding communities. Community Blood Bank has moved into a critical shortage status. Currently, local blood supplies are seriously low with an overall decrease in supplies between 40 – 50%. Please consider donating blood on Thursday, October 1 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. at Max Merry Law Offices (301 E. 4th St. #1, Dell Rapids, SD).
“It feels as if we are not moving out of this status as fast as we had hoped,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “Donating blood is a safe and essential action that can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Blood Bank follows strict guidelines provided by the FDA, CDC and the Association of Blood Banks to provide a safe, socially distanced and clean environment for donors. I encourage regular and first time donors to give blood during these uncertain times.”
Donor must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org) 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 fluids prior to donating blood. With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted. To schedule an appointment donor may call 605-428-2421. For donation questions please call 605-331-3222 or log onto www.cbblifeblood.org.