Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area hospitals, reports that reserves of all blood types are at lower than optimal levels. There is less than a three-day supply of all types along with more critical shortages of type A positive, A negative and B negative blood. Eligible donors are strongly urged to help keep supplies safe by giving this week if possible.
Most of the organization’s mobile blood drives for the month of May have been cancelled or postponed. While some mobile drives remain on the books, it is still vitally important to continue to see increased donation levels at CBCO’s four donor centers. “We saw an incredible response from donors at our fixed site locations during the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, but those donations have now slowed significantly,” CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts said. “Donors that gave during those first days of the shutdown are now becoming eligible again. As hospitals ramp up their services, blood usage is rising. We need to see a strong donor response this month from both our fixed sites and mobile blood drives that are still scheduled. Please help if you can and please give to the sole local provider of blood in the region.”
Appointments are strongly suggested so that social distancing guidelines can be maintained. Donors may make an appointment to give online at https://www.cbco.org/donate-blood/. CBCO’s Springfield Donor Center has resumed normal operating hours of 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are 7 am to 1 pm. Sunday hours are 9 am to 3 pm.
Beginning today, blood donors at the Springfield Donor Center will receive a bright red “Healthy Habits” T-shirt and a coupon code good for a free FandangoNOW stay-at-home premium movie rental (a $5.99 retail value). The movie vouchers will be offered for a limited time, so schedule that donation soon.