The next blood drive for Northeastern Health System - Sequoyah is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the hospital, 213 E. Redwood in Sallisaw. The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is providing free COVID-19 antibody testing for all donors that day.
All donors will also receive a free T-shirt and their choice of one ticket to the Science Museum of Oklahoma or two tickets to Safari Joe’s H20 Water Park. If you are interested in donating, call the hospital lab at (479) 652-2362 and speak to Bethany Davis to schedule an appointment.
In addition to having every OBI employee’s temperature checked at the door when they report for work each day, following is a list of the precautions that will be in place at all blood drives:
*Every donor will have his/her temperature checked at the entrance to the bus to ensure no one with a temperature of 100.4 or higher has access
*Limiting the number of donors on the bus at a time to maintain maximum distance between donors
*OBI is asking donors to make appointments to avoid having too many people coming to the bus at once
*Sanitizing reading material after each donor use
*Sanitizing donor beds and high-contact areas between each donor
*Encouraging donors to use Donor Express before they come to the bus to shorten the amount of time they are in the bus
*All staff members are required to wear masks if they are going to be within six feet of a donor, or if there are any donors present at a blood drive
*Masks will be provided to donors who do not have one with them
If you don’t feel well, or if you believe you might be sick, you should not give blood. Please wait until you are completely healthy before donating.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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