The COVID-19 pandemic has really had a negative impact on the number of people donating blood. Many people have been limiting their activities and travel. However, the American Red Cross has a constant need for blood and platelet donations even during the pandemic.

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According to the American Red Cross's website, "The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of that effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions."

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School announced that they'll be doing their part to make donating blood easy for you. They're holding a blood drive on Wednesday, March 31.

If you're interested in making a blood donation, you'll want to go to the Discovery Church between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. That's where the American Red Cross will be set up, in partnership with the school.

On the Sauk Rapids-Rice District website they wrote, "The need for blood is great! Sauk Rapids-Rice High School is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive."

If you plan to make a whole blood donation there are some things you should know ahead of time. 

  • If you've had a COVID-19 vaccine, you'll need to disclose that information and know the name of the manufacturer.
  • You can only donate once every 56 days.
  • You must be in good health and feeling well.
  • You need to be 17 years or older to donate (16 with parental consent).
  • You must weigh at least 110 pounds to be eligible.

Posted by Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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