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Field Museum Hosting Blood Drives To Help During Coronavirus Pandemic

You can donate blood in the museum's famed Stanley Hall to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

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CHICAGO — The Field Museum will host two blood drives in its main hall this month.

The museum has teamed up with the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois for the May 11 and May 26 drives, which are meant to help the organizations meet the demand for blood during the pandemic.

The Field Museum’s blood drives will be held in Stanley Hall, where there’s open space so donors and workers can practice social distancing, according to a news release. There will be hand sanitizer stations in the hall, and people who make contact with donors will follow safety guideines.

All donations must be done by appointment, as well, to prevent crowds.

Officials have previously warned blood donations are badly needed because they have fallen during the pandemic, which could create a second health care crisis.

Slots for the May 11 event are already filled, but there will also be a blood drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 26 at the museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. You need to sign up online for an appointment to donate.

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