Blood center loses 2,258 units of blood due to canceled appointments

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Versiti Blood Center of Michigan recently announced the state’s blood supply is currently at high risk due to residents’ concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

As of March 16, 81 local blood drives have been canceled in Michigan for March and April, resulting in the loss of 2,258 units of blood.

Versiti wants to assure the public donation process itself poses no risk of infecting a donor with COVID-19.

“Donors and our blood drive sponsors should be reassured that attending organized blood drives is safe,” said Dr. Tom Abshire, Versiti’s chief medical officer. “Coronavirus is currently not known to infect patients through blood transfusions.”

Versiti said it has implemented increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures in all donor centers to provide an even safer donor experience.

Those who can and choose to donate blood should make an appointment with Versiti immediately or go to any Versiti blood donor center:

  • Grand Rapids: 1036 Fuller Ave. NE
  • Kalamazoo area: 524 E. Milham Ave., Portage
  • Saginaw: 1771 Tittabawassee Road
  • Traverse City: 2575 Aero Park Drive
  • Grandville: 3140 Wilson Ave. SW
  • St. Joseph: 2710 Cleveland Ave.
  • Bay City: 1017 N. Johnson St.
  • Midland: 825 E. Main St.

Donating blood takes about an hour. Anyone age 17 or older in good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to give. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at a Versiti donor center, call 1-866-642-5663 or visit Versiti online at versiti.org/michigan.

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