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Montgomery’s of Madison to Host Critical Community Blood Drive

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Madison, SD- Community Blood Bank, a joint cooperative of Sanford and Avera Health, is seeking additional donations to continue to improve the blood supply coming off a critical shortage. The need for donations continues, as policies associated with social distancing and disinfecting techniques to provide safe environments for donors and staff reduce the overall collection capacity by 40%.

“We are looking for donors with A and O positive blood types, which comprises over 70% of all blood usage at our local hospitals, states Kenneth Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank and Community Blood Bank Board of Directors. “Pressure on the local blood supply has continued to increase as we see a large increase in usage over the last 3 weeks centered on more surgeries and multiple emergency cases. Additionally, restrictions are placed on the blood bank as we limit the number of donors that we can process per hour to provide social distancing and time for proper cleaning between donors. It’s extremely important for donors to schedule their appointment for our community blood drives over the next two weeks as surges in COVID positive cases is preventing more people from donating.” 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 fluids prior to donating blood.  With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted