Blood drives are feeling the strain of COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Although businesses, social gatherings, and sometimes even entire cites, are coming to a halt, emergencies never do.

As emergencies arise, medical professionals often rely on blood to tend to patients in critical situations. Vitalant in Rapid City is still open, but they have increased sanitation and check the temperature of all people that enter the building. But the coronavirus outbreak has put a hold on some of their most productive events. Physical locations are open, but blood drives are limited.

Brittany Sigel, Donor Recruitment Manager for Vitalant, said “That has certainly impacted the number of blood drives that we are holding, as we routinely go to universities, colleges, high schools, businesses, to collect blood. So with those closures it has impacted the number of blood drives that we are running across the nation.”

Depending on the progression of COVID-19, procedure could change.

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