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Sign up to Donate Blood

Post Date:05/27/2020 7:30 AM

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NEWS RELEASE

May 27, 2020

 

Sign Up Now to Donate Blood on June 9th

 

Amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and very low blood supplies, healthy residents are encouraged to help save lives by signing up now for a blood drive hosted by the City of Santa Maria. Donating blood is considered an essential reason to leave your home or residence.

 

Currently, local Vitalant blood centers only possess a two-day supply of multiple blood types, half the sufficient amount needed to treat the typical amounts of patients.

 

Donate blood from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9th in a pop-up blood donation center within the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 South McClelland Street.

 

Sick individuals are not permitted to donate blood. To ensure donors are healthy, their temperatures will be taken before they board the Vitalant bus. Social distancing is being practiced. The staff will continue to sanitize surfaces.

 

To sign up as a donor with a reserved time, please visit www.blood4life.org and search for sponsor code 2017. Donors can also contact the Vitalant offices at (805) 542-8500 to schedule an appointment. City employees also will be donating blood.

 

While donations of all blood types are encouraged, donors with Type O-negative blood are especially needed, because O-negative red cells can be transfused to anyone. O- negative red blood cells are often used to help patients when there is no time to determine the patient’s own blood type. Also, donors with Type AB (positive or negative) are needed. Type AB plasma can be given to all patients, and is the only plasma used for trauma patients and neonatal babies. There is always a special need for AB plasma.

 

Blood donation is a community responsibility.  Donated blood can help a family member, a friend, a surgery patient, someone with cancer, a burn victim, or a newborn.  Donating only takes a short time and is well worth it.

 

Department:                  City Manager’s Office

Contact Person:             Briana Martenies, Management Analyst  

Telephone Number:       (805) 925-0951 ext. 2833

E-mail Address:             bmartenies@cityofsantamaria.org

 

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