To help address a statewide blood shortage, the Williamson Medical Center will host weekly blood drives to encourage healthy individuals to donate blood.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there has been a severe drop in the number of blood donations made and blood drives held in the area due to the spread of coronavirus.

The WMC, in partnership with Blood Assurance, will host a drive every Tuesday through April 28 from noon-5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, located at 3000 Edward Curd Lane, Franklin.

Those who wish to donate must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Officials with the WMC have said that coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, such as from a cough or a sneeze, but is not passed through blood donations. However, officials said they are still taking steps to minimize spreading the virus, including the following.

  • All donors will be screened for fever and symptoms of coronavirus before they are allowed in the blood drive area.

  • Surfaces will be disinfected more frequently.

  • Donors will be spaced 6 feet apart when possible.

  • The number of donors admitted at a time will be limited.

  • Donors can have the option to receive text messages when it is their turn to donate to allow them to wait in their cars.

For more information and to sign up to donate, visit the event page here.