New Glarus Area EMS to Hold Patriot Day Blood Drive
September 3, 2020
The New Glarus Area EMS Patriot Day Blood Drive will be held at the New Glarus Area EMS building, 401 3rd Street, on Saturday, September 5, 2020, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The blood drive is sponsored by the New Glarus Area EMS.
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All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Please see https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/covid-19-antibody-testing.html for more details.
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
An appointment is strongly recommended. To do so, please download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. 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.
Pre-Donation Temperature Screening
All donors will be asked to have their temperature taken before being permitted into the blood drive. If a donor has a temperature greater than 99.5F, they will be asked to donate another time.
The set up will allow 6 feet distance between donor areas. Only blood donors will be permitted at blood drives. After check-in, donors will be asked to wait in a designated area (or even their car), and donors may be asked for their phone number to be notified when it’s their turn.
Staff and Volunteer Personal Wellness and Protection
All staff and volunteers will have a temperature check at the blood drive, if temperature is greater than 99.5F they will not be able to work. Staff and volunteers will wear gloves throughout the entire drive, changing gloves between every donor. Staff and volunteers who will be in close proximity with donors for a prolonged period of time will wear basic face masks. Please note that the Red Cross does not provide face masks for donors at drives.
Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in, health history and refreshment areas. Blood donors will be asked to use hand sanitizer before and during the donation process. Donor’s beds will be sanitized between every donor.