PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Prospect Park will be hosting a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 8, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Prospect Park School gymnasium, found at 94 Brown Avenue, according to a statement from the borough.
"Due to the coronavirus outbreak many blood banks are now facing severe blood supply shortage," Mayor Mohamed Khairullah said. "Blood helps trauma and burn patients, premature infants, heart surgery patients, organ transplant recipients and those fighting cancer, among other healthcare needs. We understand why people may be hesitant to come out for a blood drive but want to reassure the public that blood donation is a safe process and proper social distancing measures will be put in place. We thank Vitalant New Jersey for partnering with our Board of Health and community-at-large to provide much needed services for the healthcare industry."
"Prospect Park is the first town in Passaic County to do this," Borough Administrator Intashan Chowdhury said.
Prospective donors must be at least 18 years of age. The borough further stated that because of the virus, donors could not participate if they had done the following within the last four weeks:
- have been outside of the 50 United States or traveled via cruise ship
- have lived with or been in close contact with individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 infection
- have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 infection
"We are counting on every last drop of these lifesaving blood donation measures as it offers second chances and many tomorrows to those who depend on it," Khairullah said. "This is just another example of how our community can play our part and provide assistance to overcome this pandemic with hope and love together."
To sign up, please visit https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/52425
The borough stated that, "All donors and employees will abide by the CDC's 'social distancing' standards. Donors will only come into close contact with phlebotomist during time of donation. All information provided is confidential and is only for the use of the board of health and Vitalant blood services."
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