With blood drives being canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, Wisconsin has fallen dangerously low on blood reserves. A recent estimate by the American Red Cross found that Wisconsin was running behind by 6,000 donations.
Rather than cancel a blood drive scheduled for last week, officials at C.G. Schmidt decided to go ahead with it on Wednesday after consulting the blood-collection company Versiti about what precautions could be put in place. About 30 people – C.G. Schmidt employees, their relatives and subcontractors – took part in the drive. (Photos courtesy of C.G. Schmidt)
The collection company provided CG Schmidt with advice on how to run its drive safely.
Kathryn Berger, business development manager at CG Schmidt, donates blood on Wednesday.
Steve Madziarczyck, a senior project manager at CG Schmidt, rests after giving blood.