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University Medical Center hosts blood drive today

Posted at 7:24 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 14:20:08-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — To help address a significant decline in blood donations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UMC has partnered with Vitalant to host the TeamUMC Blood Drive today.

The blood drive will take place outside of UMC’s main entrance at 1800 W. Charleston Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Hundreds of UMC employees and community members have already made appointments to donate the gift of life.

Due to widespread business and school closures, approximately 14,000 Vitalant blood drives across the nation have been canceled since the onset of the pandemic, resulting in an estimated 364,000 uncollected blood donations.

The blood drive will accept walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Vitalant and Sonic will provide each donor with a voucher for a breakfast burrito.

UMC has worked alongside Vitalant to ensure the event follows strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines. All participants must wear face coverings, maintain social distancing and receive health screenings prior to donating blood.

TeamUMC Blood Drive

· WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· WHERE: Outside of UMC’s Main Entrance, 1800 W. Charleston Blvd.

· MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Kerbs, UMC Public Relations Manager, 702-324-2961