Marsh Regional Blood Center holds public blood drives; maintains COVID-19 precautions

Published 11:04 am Monday, June 15, 2020

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JOHNSON CITY – To ensure the Appalachian Highlands has a sufficient supply of lifesaving blood donations, Marsh Regional Blood Center has resumed its community-wide blood drives.
With a national shortage of blood supply due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, local residents are encouraged to donate if they are able. As many as three lives can be saved each time someone donates blood – and donations to Marsh Regional stay local to help people in this region.
Marsh Regional continues to take appropriate measures to reduce donors’ potential exposure to COVID-19, as well as extra disinfection and sanitization efforts and additional physical distancing precautions wherever possible.
COVID-19 does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives, and blood donation centers always take steps to prevent team members and donors who are not feeling well or who have a fever from reaching the donor area.
Additionally, donors are required to wear a cloth face covering, such as homemade mask, bandana or buff, at all times on in collection centers or mobile units, and they might be requested to wait in their cars until it’s their turn to give.
Community blood drives will be held:
Monday, June 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Bristol, Tenn.
Please call 423-990-0004 for an appointment.
Monday, June 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Vansant Baptist Church, Vansant, Va.
Tuesday, June 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bill Lawson – State Farm Insurance, Kingsport
Wednesday, June 17, 7 a.m.-noon
Universal Fibers, Bristol, Va.
Wednesday, June 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Home Pride, Bristol, Va.
Please call 423-990-0004 for an appointment.
Thursday, June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Elizabethton
Friday, June 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Strongwell, Bristol, Va.
Please call 423-990-0004 for an appointment.
Friday, June 19, 1:30-6:30 p.m.
Serco, Clintwood, Va.
Monday, June 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Norton Community Hospital, Norton, Va.
Wednesday, June 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Va.
Mobile unit will be parked in front of the hospital. Please call 423-990-0004 for an appointment.
Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tazewell Community Hospital, Tazewell, Va.
Thursday, June 25, noon-6 p.m.
Food City, Pennington Gap, Va.
 Thursday, June 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Glen Alpine United Methodist Church, Kingsport
Friday, June 26, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Sandy Ridge Fire Department, Coeburn, Va.
Friday, June 26, 8 a.m.-noon
Honda Kingsport, Kingsport
 Friday, June 26 1-4 p.m.
Toyota of Kingsport, Kingsport
Saturday, June 27, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Black Wolf Harley Davidson, Bristol, Va.
Sunday, June 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Boones Creek Christian Church, Gray
Monday, June 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
VFP Concrete Shelter Division, Duffield, Va.
Tuesday, June 30, 1-6 p.m.
Addilyn Memorial United Methodist Church, Bristol, Tenn.
Tuesday, June 30, noon-6 p.m.
Greeneville Community Hospital East, Greeneville
Mobile unit will be parked in front of the hospital.
For a limited time, everyone who gives blood with Marsh Regional will receive a $10 Food City gift card.
Marsh Regional supplies blood to 28 regional medical facilities, all regional cancer centers and five air rescue bases in Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.
To give blood, donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.
In addition to the scheduled blood drives, donors are welcome at Marsh Regional’s collection centers: 111 W. Stone Drive, Suite 300, Kingsport; 2428 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City; and 1996 W. State St., Bristol. An appointment is required before giving blood at any blood center – donors should call 423-408-7500, 423-652-0014 or 423-282-7090 or visit for more information about appointments or to schedule a blood drive at a local business, church, school or community organization.

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