The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expecting a severe flu season this year, and that could have a negative impact on the nation’s already-struggling blood supply. The American Red Cross continues to address an emergency blood shortage, and donors of all blood types – especially type O – are needed to make an appointment now to help ensure it doesn’t get worse as we move into winter.

 

To encourage donations this month, all who come to give Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Those who come to give around the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-28, will receive a pair of Red Cross socks, while supplies last.

 

Blood Donation Opportunities
Nov. 16-30, 2021

Media contact: Sue Thesenga, 651-895-7542, @mnredcross                         RedCrossBlood.org

 

Flu season may further impact Red Cross blood supply

Emergency blood shortage continues

MANKATO, Minn. (Nov. 8, 2021)  As the holidays approach and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns about a potential spike in flu cases this year, it’s important that those who are eligible, healthy and feeling well make an appointment to donate blood. The American Red Cross continues to address an ongoing emergency blood shortage, and donors are urged to give now to combat the lowest blood supply levels at this time of year in more than a decade.

According to the CDC, flu cases reached an all-time low last year due to masking, physical distancing and shutdowns across the country, and many Americans may have reduced immunity this year. When seasonal illness increases, the number of healthy blood donors tends to decrease. Paired with winter weather, busy holiday schedules and ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the already-struggling blood supply could be further impacted throughout winter.

There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free. Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

 

To encourage donors to help meet the needs of hospital patients this month, all who come to donate Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon.* Those who come to give around the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-28, will receive a pair of Red Cross socks, while supplies last.

 

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30

 

Blue Earth County

 

Madison Lake

11/30/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., All Saints Catholic Church, 601 4th St.

 

Mankato

11/17/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.

11/19/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.

11/24/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.

11/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1123 Marsh St.

 

Mapleton

11/18/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 102 Central Ave. N.

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Brown County

 

New Ulm

11/16/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Cathedral High School, 600 N. Washington

11/18/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Student Center, 1995 Luther Court

11/19/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 512 First St. S.

 

Sleepy Eye

11/16/2021: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sleepy Eye High School, 400 4th Ave. SW

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Carver County

 

Chanhassen

11/27/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cub Foods, 7900 Market Blvd.

 

Chaska

11/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Two Twelve Medical Center, 111 Hundertmark Road

 

Hamburg

11/22/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran School, 18175 County Road 50

 

Waconia

11/30/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Waconia Ford, 235 Highway 5 W.

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Dodge County

 

Hayfield

11/17/2021: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hayfield High School, County Highway 31

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Fillmore County

 

Chatfield

11/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 124 Winona East St.

 

Harmony

11/30/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 225 Third Ave. SW

 

Spring Valley

11/18/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 200 S. Broadway

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Freeborn County

 

Albert Lea

11/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 702 Highway 69 S.

11/26/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., North Bridge Mall, 2510 Bridge Ave.

 

Glenville

11/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Round Prairie Lutheran Church, 12881 757th Ave.

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Goodhue County

 

Red Wing

11/22/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., YMCA, 434 Main St.

 

Welch

11/18/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Vasa Lutheran Center, 15235 Norelius Road

11/19/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Vasa Lutheran Center, 15235 Norelius Road

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Le Sueur County

 

Cleveland

11/23/2021: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cleveland Public School, 400 6th St.

 

Le Sueur

11/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Le Sueur Community Center, 821 E. Ferry St.

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Martin County

 

Fairmont

11/30/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1201 Torgerson Drive

 

Truman

11/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 313 N. 1st Ave. W.

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Mower County

 

Adams

11/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Southland High School, 203 Second St.

 

Austin

11/16/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1200 NW 13th Ave.

11/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hormel Historical Home, 208 4th Ave. NW

11/30/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Crane Community Chapel, 1111 9th St.

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Nicollet County

 

Courtland

11/22/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Courtland Community Center, 300 Railroad St.

 

North Mankato

11/23/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., South Central College, 1920 Lee Blvd.

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Rice County

 

Faribault

11/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., District One Hospital, 200 State Ave.

 

Lonsdale

11/24/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 115 Second Ave. NW

 

Northfield

11/24/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Community Resource Bank, 1605 Heritage Drive

11/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 418 Sumner St. E.

11/27/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 803 Winona St.

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Scott County

 

Belle Plaine

11/20/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Belle Plaine Fire Department, 700 Main St. E.

 

New Market

11/30/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Scott County Library-Market Village, 100 J. Roberts Way

 

New Prague

11/17/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., New Prague Fire Department, 505 5th Ave. NW

 

Savage

11/29/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Ave.

 

Shakopee

11/18/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St.

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Sibley County

 

Arlington

11/19/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 204 Shamrock Drive

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Steele County

 

Blooming Prairie

11/29/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Blooming Prairie High School, 202 4th Ave. NW

 

Medford

11/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Medford Outlet Center, 6750 W. Frontage Road

 

Owatonna

11/16/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Owatonna Community Education Building, 122 E. McKinley St.

11/19/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Associated Church, 800 Havana Road

11/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2500 7th Ave. NE

11/29/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., McKinley Elementary School, 1050 22nd St. NE

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Wabasha County

 

Lake City

11/24/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lincoln High School, 300 S. Garden St.

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Waseca County

 

Janesville

11/18/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 412 N. Main St.

 

Waseca

11/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 700 S. State St.

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Watonwan County

 

Saint James

11/25/2021: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., National Guard Armory, 521 Armstrong Blvd. N.

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Winona County

 

Stockton

11/17/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., City of Stockton, 8600 D St.

 

Winona

11/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA Winona, 902 Parks Ave.

11/26/2021: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 E. Sarnia