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Forced cancellations of blood drives due to COVID-19 continue to negatively impact the blood supply, which endangers those needing lifesaving blood transfusions. 

LifeSouth, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, urges donors to donate blood now and needs organizations to host blood drives. Blood donors are needed every day, and anyone who is in good health is encouraged to donate.

“We have already seen a significant decrease in donations as the outbreak progresses and are facing a critical public health risk if the blood supply continues to decline,” said LifeSouth Vice President of Medical Services Dr. Chris Lough.

The coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.

For more information about hosting a blood drive, visit lifesouth.org or call 888-795-2707.

Following are some scheduled LifeSouth blood drives.

Please note that drives are sometimes canceled suddenly; to be safe, visit lifesouth.org for a frequently updated list.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

9 a.m. to noon — Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center, Saunders Way, Lecanto

1-7 p.m. — Walmart, North Lecanto Highway, Lecanto

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Citrus County Sheriff’s Office downtown Inverness, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

4-7 p.m. — Walmart, East Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Walmart, North Lecanto Highway, Lecanto

FRIDAY, APRIL 3

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Lowe’s, East Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Walmart, South Suncoast Boulevard, Homosassa

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Dunnellon Walmart

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Rural King, Crystal River Mall

MONDAY, APRIL 6

10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Walmart, North Lecanto Highway, Lecanto

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