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Athens Hospital Hosts Blood Drives in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Piedmont Healthcare

Piedmont Athens Regional is currently hosting an ongoing blood drive. The hospital has partnered with the American Red Cross to help address the unprecedented number of blood cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Every two seconds there is someone in the United States in need of blood or platelets and all blood types are urgently needed. According to the Red Cross, more than 160 blood drives across Georgia have been cancelled, resulting in more than 7,700 fewer blood donations.

The drive will be held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hospital’s Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support located near the hospital’s main campus at 240 Talmadge Drive in Athens.

There will also be an opportunity for weekend donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Piedmont’s Oconee Health Campus located at 1305 Jennings Mill Road in Watkinsville, Ga.

The last day to donate will be Sunday, March 29. Community members interested in donating will need to make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org and will be required to complete a health screening prior to entry.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org.

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