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Versiti Blood Centers still accepting blood donations

Posted: 4:31 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 17:31:00-04
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WISCONSIN — Even with the Safer at Home order n ow in effect, Versiti Blood Center is still asking and encouraging people to donate blood.

Under the governor's order, individuals can still go out for healthcare and public health operations. What this means, according to Versiti Blood Center, is you can still leave your home to donate blood.

Because it is still allowed, Versiti Blood Center is asking and encouraging those of you who can donate, does donate.

“Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin supplies blood to more than 50 hospitals across the state and is the sole provider of blood to every hospital in southeast Wisconsin. It is critically important to maintain an adequate blood supply so these hospitals can deliver life-saving blood products to trauma patients and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy,"
- Versiti Blood Center Chief Medical Officer Thomas Abshire.

Versiti Blood Center is also assuring donors that they're taking precautions to protect donors and their staff. They're complying with social distancing requirements during the donation process, serving only packaged foods, and wiping down areas regularly.

If you wish to donate, it is best to schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit versiti.org/Wisconsin

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