Critical Shortage Announced

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Critical Shortage Announced

Community Blood Bank Declares Critical Shortage Specific Blood Types

Sioux Falls, SD- Community Blood Bank is searching for blood donors with blood types O and A positive. With over 70% of the population having either blood type, there has been a strong surge use with these blood types placing hospitals in the Sioux Empire at critical shortage status.

“It is imperative to maintain a strong supply of O and A positive red blood cells to keep our 36 local hospitals at adequate levels. Currently, we are only able to provide a 72 hours supply of these essential blood types,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With COVID-19 policies preventing us from maximizing our donation schedules, concerns over a surge in the number of COVID cases in our community and a continued influx of community members requiring surgery, a pressing demand is being placed on the most common of blood types. The only way we can improve our supply of O and A positive blood types is through concerned volunteers coming forward to donate. Blood is one of the essential foundations for our medical community in order to treat patients in need. We cannot do this without community support, please schedule your donation today.”

Join us to save lives this week at these special events:

Monday, October 19- GreatLife Career Crossing (4101 W. Benson Rd.), Sioux Falls, SD: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CLICK THE LINK TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT:

Thursday, October 19- St. Michael’s Catholic Church (1610 South Marion Rd.), Sioux Falls, SD: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CLICK THE LINK TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT:

Friday, October 23- KRRO / HuHot Halloween Blood Drive (Huhot 2101 West 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD): 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CLICK THE LINK TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT:

Avera McKennan Donor Room (Avera McKennan Plaza 2, 1301 S. Cliff Ave., 3rd floor, donor parking by valet area) Sioux Falls, SDMonday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PLEASE CALL 605-322-7111 OR CLICK ON THE LINK TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:

Sanford USD Medical Center Donor Room (1305 W. 18th St. / Main Hospital Locken Lobby, Donors are to use valet parking), Sioux Falls, SD: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PLEASE CALL 605-333-6444 OR CLICK ON THE LINK TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:

Donor 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.  To schedule your appointment donors can log onto