Blood drives canceled, walk-in donations canceled

Blood center moves to appointment-only schedule with longer open hours

Blood donors needed

Because of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home mandate, the Community Blood Center is canceling all blood drives through the end of April, and extending the open hours at its donor centers.

According to a spokesman, the CBC also is doing away with walk-in donations and all donations are now scheduled.

They are urging healthy donors to make appointments to help maintain the region’s blood supply at this critical time, the spokesman said.

Blood collection sites are disinfected frequently, and they are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 as per CDC recommendations, the spokesman stated.

CBC staff are also practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work, according to the spokesman. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms.

Beginning Monday, March 23, all seven of CBC’s donor centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday.

Donors can schedule appointments by calling 1-877-468-6844 or visiting

To help donors travel to and from the donor centers, CBC is providing a letter to donors that indicates they are traveling in order to provide lifesaving blood products, the spokesman said. This letter will be sent to all donors with appointments and will also be available online at Police have stated they will not be stopping people only for being on the road.

In order to protect the staff, healthy blood donors and the community blood supply, individuals are instructed to avoid donor centers if they are experiencing a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), have had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 28 days after their illness has resolved. CBC does not test for COVID-19.

For more information, visit

More closings announced

Since the COVID-19 emergency declaration, some area churches and museums have announced they will not be open, or they will scale back gatherings.

Some Wyandotte County churches have postponed or canceled services or programs on Sunday, March 15, according to the churches’ social media posts. Others are open but are encouraging people who are sick to stay home. Some churches have video links to services. Search on the church’s social media posts for more information.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, is closing today through April 3, according to an announcement today. The outside grounds will remain open to the public during this time. For more information, visit

The American Jazz Museum and The Blue Room club in Kansas City, Missouri, have closed temporarily to stop the spread of the COVID-19, according to an announcement today.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, will be closed to the public from March 14 through Friday, April 3, because of the effort to contain COVID-19, according to an announcement. For more information, visit

The Strawberry Hill Museum, Kansas City, Kansas, canceled this weekend’s tours and events, and hopes to reschedule classes later, according to an announcement on social media.

The Wyandotte County Museum in Bonner Springs remained open, but canceled or postponed events that are scheduled there. The museum’s exhibit on the architecture of Wyandotte County was scheduled to remain open, but there are no programs in conjunction with it. The museum requested researchers to call ahead and see if the research could be conducted by staff.

A program on Saturday at Grinter Place, a state museum in Kansas City, Kansas, was canceled.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Libraries have canceled all programs and events through March 31, but the libraries remain open, according to an announcement. The mobile library is closed. The Turner Community Library will close from March 14 to 23 because of the temporary closure of the Turner Recreation Commission building.

Kansas City, Missouri, declares ‘state of emergency’ for COVID-19

The city of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mayor Quinton Lucas have implemented a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The 21-day state of emergency will ban all events of more than 1,000 people. The purpose of the declaration is to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

There are several other provisions in the declaration.

The state of emergency information is online at .