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Urgent Call for Blood Donors

Memorial Blood Centers says it is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations. Memorial Blood Centers says it is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations. |  Photo: WDIO File

Created: March 03, 2021 10:19 AM

(DULUTH) - There is always a need for blood donations, but due to the pandemic, many drives have been canceled or postponed. Local nonprofit, Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) says it is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations. 

According to a press release, more than 50% of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were cancelled due to COVID-19 this past year. MBC says the supply remains low on all blood types. 

Blood drives are beginning to resume, with additional precautions at all donation sites and a COVID-19 self-screening policy is in place. Organizers say appointments are preferred to help maintain social distancing, and donors are required to wear a face mask or face covering. 

If you would like to donate; You must be at leaset 17 years old, and in good health. (16-year-olds may donate with written parental consent.) Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless being taken for preventative reasons. The donor should be symptom-free of cold or flu for at least 72 hours.

Healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers in the coming weeks. Appointments can be made online at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

Upcoming public blood drives:

March 3 - St Lukes Hospital, 915 East First St, Duluth from 8:00am – 4:00pm
March 3 - Wescom, 5137 Jean Duluth Rd, Duluth from 7:30am – 3:30pm

March 4 - UMD Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Dr., Duluth from 9:00am – 4:00pm

March 5 - Virginia High School, 411 Fifth Ave South, Virginia from 9:00am – 3:30pm

March 9 - Ioll Designs, 5912 Waseca St, Duluth from 9:00am – 3:30pm
March 9 - Pine City High School, 1400 Main St South, Pine City from 8:30am – 3:00pm

March 10 - Tofte, Lutsen & Schroeder Community at Zoar Lutheran Church, Hwy 61 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm

March 11 - North Shore Health, 515 West 5th Ave., Grand Marais from 9:30am – 4:30pm
March 12 - Carlton High School and Community, 405 School Ave., Carlton from 10:00am – 2:00pm

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