January 17, 2023 - 12:19 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The blood shortage continues in northwest Iowa.

With all the winter weather that has made its way through northwest Iowa, there have been a lot of blood drives canceled, which means there is still a severe shortage of blood. The Community Blood Mobile will be at Osceola Regional Health Center on Thursday, January 19th to hopefully make up some of the blood they lost out on.

The Community Blood Bank Executive Directory Ken Versteeg says to remember it is flu season.

He says that if you have had Covid recently, you must be five days symptom-free to give blood. If you are sick, or not feeling well, do not give blood. This is not healthy for the donor, according to Versteeg.

Donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh 110 pounds. A person can give blood every 56 days. Because of Covid, appointments are required.

The blood drive takes place on Thursday, January 19th from 9:00-4:30 p.m. Make your appointment to give blood at Osceola Regional Health Center by calling (712) 754-5358.

The hospitals in northwest Iowa solely get their blood from The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank.

 

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