Vitalant seeking blood donors during shortage

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Vitalant, the nation’s largest independent blood collector, is currently undergoing a critical shortage of blood and is asking for the public’s help.

From the beginning of March until now, more than 400 blood drives around the region have been canceled due to the pandemic, resulting in a loss of more than 9,000 units of blood.

With the resumption of surgeries and other medical procedures, the non-profit is in immediate need of all blood types. For those who are nervous about giving blood at this time, Vitalant wants donors to know rigorous safety measures are in place.

“We’re asking our staff and our donors to wear masks at the moment,” said Brooke Way, the Marketing and Communications Specialist for Vitalant. “We are disinfecting every donor chair after every single donor comes in. We’re taking temperatures at the door. We’re doing everything possible with social distancing. Making sure everything is spread apart appropriately.”

Vitalant says the need for blood does not stop and is needed all year long. The donation center in Rapid City will be open on Memorial Day.

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