Community Blood Center of the Ozarks gives update on blood reserves

 Community Blood Center Of The Ozarks Urges People To Donate

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) urges healthy individuals to continue donating blood. The organization released an update on blood reserves today, March 25, 2020.

Read the update sent out by CBCO:

March 25, 2020 – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area healthcare facilities, is urging healthy individuals to continue to donate blood at an upcoming CBCO donor center or blood drive in the region. They are calling on donors and community partners to help keep adequate blood reserves available by maintaining a regular schedule of giving.

Blood reserves: Current blood reserves are at a three-day inventory level. But around 70 percent of mobile blood drives have been cancelled between now and the end of April. This may result in a loss of up to 3,000 blood donations during that time. Blood donation is considered an essential activity, exempt from city or county orders to shelter in place. If you’re feeling well and healthy, you are urged to give when you can.

Please give for local patients: Donating blood, platelets or plasma with any other organization besides CBCO could put local patients at risk.  Donations with other organizations do not stay in your community.  National organizations that are trying to collect blood in communities they do not serve is reckless and misleading.  Be informed and help inform others about the importance of exclusively supporting your local blood provider, CBCO.

In other news, CBCO has placed new restrictions on the occupancy rules for mobile drives that take place in bloodmobiles and inside buildings in order to achieve social distancing guidelines. These new rules make appointments more important than ever. CBCO is strongly urging donors to make an appointment to give at https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/centers. Walk-ins are still allowed, but donors with appointments will be given first priority. Donors are also encouraged to use the QuickPass feature which allows you, on the date of your scheduled donation, to fill out the health history questionnaire from the comfort of your home or office, saving you time at the blood drive. Find QuickPass on the CBCO website at https://www.cbco.org/quickpass/.

Mobile giving opportunities: In addition to CBCO Donor Centers in Springfield, Joplin, Bentonville and Springdale, healthy blood donors may give at any of the mobile blood drives coming up in the next couple of days. Those include:

 Harrison, AR – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday, March 26, Harrison Community Blood Drive, JC Penney parking lot, 814 US Hwy 62-65 North

 El Dorado Springs – 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM, Thursday, March 26, Church of Christ, 302 E. Hospital Road

 Aurora – 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Friday, March 27, 2020, Mercy Hospital Aurora, 500 Porter

On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to your community.

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