UPDATE: Blood drive organizer said masks must be worn; the mandate has not been lifted as previously reported.
Vitalant has advised that anyone who is fully vaccinated for Covid does not need to wear a mask to community blood drives. This is a change from the previous mandate and reflects the decline in Covid cases.
Today’s blood drive, June 8, runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of Bucks Lake Road and Bellamy Lane, just west of the hospital.
Tomorrow’s drive, June 9, runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you can make a last-minute appointment for Wednesday’s drive, call Susan Christensen at 530-283-2424 and leave a message if there’s no answer. She will gladly call you back.
We have many open appointment slots today, especially between 1:30 and 4 this afternoon, and walk-ins are welcome. If you have time to donate, please do so, as the need is particularly high right now.
Vitalant will test all donations for the Covid anti-body, and donors will receive a coupon for a pint of ice cream at Tahoe Creamery in Reno as well.
If you can donate today, be sure to eat a hearty meal before you come in, and don’t forget to bring your photo ID. Please join us in making sure our local blood supply is sufficient for those who need it.