Cullman Regional is hosting an Emergency Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 17th from 9 am until 5 pm. LifeSouth is in critical need of all blood types due to a reduction in blood donations and cancellations of blood drives because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus.
“Respiratory viruses, like COVID-19, are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion and no cases of transfusion transmitted coronaviruses have been reported,” said Dr. Chris Lough, vice president of medical services for LifeSouth. “The most significant risk to the blood supply posed by COVID-19 is a lack of availability due to a decrease in donations.”
Lough says now, more than ever, LifeSouth needs healthy donors to ensure hospitals have the blood needed to treat patients.
“If the outbreak progresses, we could be facing a critical public health risk if the blood supply continues to decline,” said Lough.
Donations will be accepted on the LifeSouth Community Bloodmobile located at the main entrance of the hospital (1912 AL Highway 157, Cullman, AL 35058). Donors must be in good health, age 16 or older (16 year-old requires written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo I.D. All donors will receive a LifeSouth t-shirt and coupons for free food.
For more information, visit www.lifesouth.org or call the local LifeSouth Donor Office at (256) 736-1594.