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Blood Drives Scheduled in Kona Starting Oct. 20

October 7, 2020, 4:19 PM HST
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Blood drives are returning to the Big Island after the COVID-19 pandemic halted drives on neighbor islands for months.

For the first time since January, the Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) will send collection teams to Kona on Oct. 20-22. The drive will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Kona Cultural Hall, located at 75-230 Kalani St.

Although all blood types are needed and will be used, there is an immediate and high need for O-positive and O-negative.

Drives in Kona will occur during the following times:

  • Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 22 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“To stabilize the current blood supply, Blood Bank of Hawaii’s goal is to secure 140 appointments per day,” BBH stated in a press release Wednesday.

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BBH will follow strict protocols and procedures recommended by the FDA and CDC aimed at keeping donors and staff safe.

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Because the pandemic has been disruptive to high school students, all high school donors will receive a BBH branded mask.

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma will also be collected in Kona. CCP donors need to provide a lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in advance and be healthy and symptom-free for 28 days. Donors interested in giving blood on Hawaii Island or Oahu may register at bbh.org or call 808-848-4770. For information about donating CCP, email [email protected] or call 808-848-4706.

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