Blood drives and donor centers are safe environments where staff and donors are screened to be sure they are healthy and well and have not been exposed to the virus. Donors with all blood types are greatly needed as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hundreds of blood drive cancellations but the need for blood is still constant.
HSHS St. Francis Hospital and Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC) are hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, February 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bloodmobile which will be parked at the hospital, 1215 Franciscan Drive, Litchfield, IL. All donors MUST make an appointment, no walk-ins. To schedule a donation time, visit www.bloodcenter.org and use sponsor code 60456 or call 217-241-7550. All donors will be required to wear a mask and present a photo ID. The last date for donors to have given previously to be eligible for this drive is December 22.
All donors will receive their choice of a t-shirt or an e-gift card.
For those who have recovered from COVID-19, the CICBC is collecting convalescent plasma donations. More information on how to register can be found at www.bloodcenter.org.
CICBC is taking extra precautions to keep donors safe and healthy. Anyone not feeling well, has recently been tested for COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone being tested for COVID-19, is asked not to donate at this time but reschedule an appointment at a later date.
A blood donor can give every eight weeks, or up to six times a year. All person’s age 17 and up (or 16 with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation. A full list of donor eligibility guidelines may be found at http://www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood/donating-blood/donor-eligibility.aspx.