ALEXANDRIA, VA – Last month, in an article about a Red Cross blood drive, the Zebra Press highlighted the national blood supply shortage. This shortage is the result of lockdowns and safety concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Medical experts have assured the public that donating blood is safe and that strict health protocols are followed at donation sites.
To help INOVA hospitals and their other facilities, INOVA Blood Donor Services will hold a blood drive at Market Square on Thursday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blood is needed to help accident victims and cancer patients, for example. Appointments are required and will last nearly an hour.
To donate, people must be healthy. To find out about specific eligibility requirements, see the chart below. For more detail, click HERE.
To make an appointment, click HERE. Donors will be asked for a photo ID upon arrival. To protect medical staff, wearing a face covering is necessary. All staff are expected to wear them as well. If a donor does not have a mask, one will be provided.
Market Square, the home of Alexandria City Hall, is located at 301 King Street.