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The Georgetown Recreation Center is hosting a blood drive in partnership with We Are Blood on Friday, January 15.
“We offer free snacks and the chance to earn points to score cool prizes,” according to the Georgetown Parks and Recreation website. “We encourage everyone who is eligible to come and donate – it is so important.”
The drive starts at 11:30 AM and runs until 6:30 PM at the Georgetown Recreation Center. In order to be eligible, donors must:
- You must be at least 17 years old and in good health.
- Eat a good meal 2-3 hours prior to donation.
- Bring a government-issued photo ID.
- Weight: 115+ lbs
- Blood Pressure: below 180/100 (checked free of charge)
- Temperature: within normal limits (checked free of charge)
- Hematocrit: at least 38% (checked free of charge)
- Pulse: 50-100 bpm (checked free of charge)
Procedures have changed amid the ongoing pandemic, please review the protocols below:
- NO WALK-INS. Appointments are mandatory in order to limit the number of donors on site at a given time.
- Registration is easy; make an appointment online or call 512-206-1242.
- Masks are required at all times inside City of Georgetown facilities.
- Please do not enter the building until your appointment time. Due to distancing requirements, there is no waiting area.
- Every donor will be directed to clean their hands at entry; We Are Blood will provide hand sanitizer.
- If you have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19; cared for, lived with, or otherwise had close contact with individuals diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms; or experienced a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please wait at least 28 days after resolution of symptoms before attempting to donate blood.
- Social distancing is strongly encouraged. Please maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and other donors.
- Once the donation process has begun, the staff will step away to maintain at least a 6-foot distance, only approaching the donor as needed.
- Every donation bed, interview booth, questionnaire computer, and squeeze ball at all donor centers and mobile blood drives are thoroughly cleaned after each donor’s use. Canteen recovery areas are thoroughly cleaned every hour.
“We Are Blood is currently conducting COVID-19 antibody testing on all donations,” the department said. “Please visit We Are Blood for more information.”