The Young County Courthouse will be the site of a Carter BloodCare blood drive hosted by the Young County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 23. The blood drive will be held at the location from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Young County Sheriff’s Office to host blood drive
As a surge in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise across the county and nation, compounded with other surgeries and hospitalizations that continue to add to the need for blood transfusions, the blood supply is more unstable than is has been for decades according to Carter BloodCare. The Young County Sheriff’s Office is working with the blood center to host a blood drive Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Young County Courthouse, located at 526 4th St. in Graham.
To reduce wait times, donation appointments are encouraged and blood donors can complete the medical history questionnaire online on the day of donation, before arriving to give blood. The pre-screening can be done at carterbloodcare.org/quickscreen/. This helps manage “social distancing.” Donors and staff are required to wear masks; and surfaces are cleaned between each donor. Giving blood includes four steps and it takes about an hour to complete a whole blood donation. It is safe to give blood, even in the midst of a pandemic.
“This year has taught us all the importance of being prepared. Every time you #GiveForLife you help our community stay prepared,” wrote Carter BloodCare in a release. “Your generous donations help meet the needs of patients facing challenges like cancer, emergency traumas, and surgeries. Your donations also keep our community prepared to address unexpected challenges including disasters caused by violent weather patterns and emerging health crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic.”
For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 12 edition of The Graham Leader.