FARMINGTON, Conn. - The American Red Cross will be hosting local blood drives to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals have resumed surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. There are no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus, including this coronavirus, from a transfusion.

The Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation – and who meet other eligibility requirements, available at RedCrossBlood.org. At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols including wearing gloves, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub. These mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection.

Upcoming local blood drives

Nov. 19

Groton City Municipal Building, 295 Meridian Street Extension in Groton, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 24

Hugo A. Simonelli VFW Post 3263, 60 Stonington Rd. in Mystic, 12:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Nov. 25

Groton Lodge of Elks, 700 Shennecossett Rd. in Groton, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New London Senior Center, 120 Broad St. in New London, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hoxie Firehouse, 34 Broadway Ave. in Mystic, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 27

Utopia Plaza, 262 Boston Post Rd. in Waterford, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 30

American Legion, 33 York Ave. in Niantic, 12:45 to 6 p.m.

Dec. 4

Waterford Town Hall, 15 Rope Ferry Rd. in Waterford, 12:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Dec. 9

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, 625 North Rd. in Groton, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Utopia Plaza, 262 Boston Post Rd. in Waterford, noon to 5 p.m.

Dec. 10

St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1830 Route 12 and Clark Lane in Gales Ferry, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14

Mystic Hilton, 20 Coogan Blvd. in Mystic, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 170 Rope Ferry Rd. in Waterford, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gallup Hill Baptist Church, 79 Gallup Hill Rd. in Ledyard, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 15

Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. in Mashantucket, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Utopia Plaza, 262 Boston Post Rd. in Waterford, 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Dec. 17

Groton City Municipal Building, 295 Meridian St. Ext. in Groton, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 21

Pawcatuck VFW, 160 Route 1 in Pawcatuck, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 22

Groton Lodge of Elks, 700 Shennecossett Rd in Groton, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hugo A. Simonelli VFW Post 3263, 60 Stonington Rd. in Mystic, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

East Lyme Community Center, 39 Society Rd. in Niantic, 12:45 to 6 p.m.

Dec. 24

Grace Baptist Church, 256 North Rd. in Groton, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 26

Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church, 102 Providence-New London Turnpike in North Stonington, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 30

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 310 Fort Hill Rd. in Groton, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New London Senior Center, 120 Broad St. in New London, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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