Community Blood Bank working through challenges brought on by COVID-19  (Audio)

April 7, 2020
Mike Tanner

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on people who are in the business of collecting blood donations.

Ken Versteeg is the executive director at the Sioux Falls-based Community Blood Bank.

He says as COVID-19 began to take hold in the U.S., blood drives that were on the calendar were being cancelled…

Versteeg says there’s no evidence to suggest that a person can contract the coronavirus through a blood transfusion….

Donors will be asked a few more questions before they give blood….

Versteeg says the medical staff working blood drives is also taking extra precautions…

To find out when or where to donate blood, go to

Three blood drives are scheduled to be held in Watertown next week, on Monday from 8-3 at Prairie Lakes Healthcare, and on Thursday begining at 9:00 a.m. at Montgomery’s Furniture and the Salvation Army.