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Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations as hospital demand increases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 27, 2020) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations as hospital demand increases

 

Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations as hospital demand increases

T-shirts, $5 Amazon.com Gift Cards offered to thank all those who come to give

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 27, 2020) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30% after sharply declining in early April amid this rapidly changing and complex public health crisis. At the same time, blood drives continue to be canceled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed. Donors are needed to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet the current need.

 

All those who come to give through May 31 will receive a special Red Cross T-shirt by mail, while supplies last. And thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.*

 

“Blood donors have played a vital role in the lives of patients who have needed lifesaving transfusions during this pandemic, and patients continue to depend on donors each and every day,” said Wendy Yarbrough, Donor Services Executive for the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services. “The Red Cross appreciates the support of those who rolled up a sleeve to give in recent months, but the need doesn’t stop. We need the public’s help to avoid another blood shortage this summer.”

 

It’s important to remember that red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation and platelets within just five days. So, they must constantly be replenished. There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.

 

Blood drive safety precautions

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, May 27-June 15:

Perry County

 

Crooksville

6/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

6/5/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

Junction City

5/30/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Junction City United Methodist Church, 2050 Clay Rd.

 

New Straitsville

6/11/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

6/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

5/27/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 65 E. Columbus St.

6/6/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Athens County

 

Athens

6/10/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Holzer Clinic-Athens, 2131 East State St.

6/12/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

 

The Plains

6/8/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

5/29/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

6/3/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

6/3/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

 

Fresno

6/10/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Walhonding

6/15/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield County

 

Baltimore

6/8/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

6/10/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 700 South Main St

 

Lancaster

6/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

6/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

6/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

 

Millersport

6/3/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

5/30/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road

6/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Road NW

6/7/2020: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

6/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

6/13/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

 

Sugar Grove

5/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

6/6/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 23 S. Main St.

 

Washington Court House

6/2/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

6/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave

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Greene County

 

Beavercreek

5/27/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons

 

Xenia

6/14/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

5/27/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stop Nine, 60330 Southgate Road

6/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

6/11/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Hampton Inn Cambridge, 8775 Georgetown Road

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Harrison County

 

Freeport

6/9/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Licking County

 

Heath

6/15/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

 

Johnstown

6/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

5/28/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., YMCA, 470 West Church Street

5/29/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/29/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

6/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/5/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/5/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

6/9/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

6/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/11/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

6/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/12/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/13/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, 73 North Third Street

6/15/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Community Wesleyan Church, 161 Myrtle Avenue

 

Pataskala

6/1/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

6/8/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

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Madison County

 

London

6/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fairhaven School, 510 Elm Street

6/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fairhaven School, 510 Elm Street

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Morgan County

 

Stockport

5/27/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stockport United Methodist Church, 3455 Market St., P.O Box 116

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Muskingum County

 

Duncan Falls

6/9/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Duncan Falls - Philo Lions Club, Wayne Township Hall, 216 Bridge Street

 

Zanesville

6/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

6/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

6/4/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

6/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

6/5/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

Junction City

5/30/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Junction City United Methodist Church, 2050 Clay Rd.

 

New Straitsville

6/11/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

6/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

5/27/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 65 E. Columbus St.

6/6/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway County

 

Ashville

6/9/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Ashville Elementary School, 90 Walnut St

 

Circleville

5/29/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., AMVETS Post 2256-Circleville, 818 Tarlton Rd

6/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

6/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Amvets, 818 Tarlton Road

 

Williamsport

6/4/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

5/28/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., National Church Residences, 807 Western Ave

6/12/2020: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

6/12/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

 

Frankfort

5/30/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

6/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

About blood donation

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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September 2020 Coffee with Some Commissioners Sep 29, 2020 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM — Dodson's on Broadway - 313 W Broadway St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive New Straitsville United Methodist Church Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM — New Straitsville United Methodist Church - 101 Clark St, New Straitsville, OH 43766
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