Phoebe Sumter Medical Center to host Community Blood Drive this Friday

Published 4:41 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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AMERICUS – Phoebe Sumter Medical Center will be hosting a community blood drive this Friday, April 24, at the First Baptist Church of Americus.

According to PSMC Director of Community Relations Marcus Johnson, there is a severe blood shortage due to the cancellations of many blood drives, which is due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“The need for blood has not disappeared and we need your help to replenish the blood supply,” said Johnson. Johnson encourages all people in the community who are healthy and are feeling well to schedule an appointment now and to come out on Friday, April 24, to First Baptist Church of Americus to donate blood.

According to Johnson, the American Red Cross is following CDC guidelines and is taking extra steps to protect the safety and health of the donors. Donors are strongly urged to practice social distancing and there will be a limited number of appointments per time slot. Upon entrance into the building, each donor will have his or her temperature taken and facemasks will be provided. Chairs will be thoroughly cleaned between each donor.

Those who would like to give blood can go to to schedule an appointment. The blood drive will begin on Friday at 8 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m.