The first of many emergency blood drives took place Monday, hosted by the American Red Cross, at the Church of the Nazarene in Barnesville.

Many precautions are being taken during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Staff checks the temperatures of everyone who enters the door. Disinfection has also been enhanced.

The need for blood donations is great during this time and many are welcome to step up to help.

More emergency blood drives are scheduled over the next month.

A list of blood drives are as follows:

4/6 — Crossroads Church, Wintersville, Ohio, 12-5:30, Jefferson County;

4/7 — Oglebay Park, Pine Room, Wheeling, no more appointments, it is overflowing with scheduled donors, Ohio County;

4/8 — United Methodist Church, Center of Hope, Wintersville, Ohio, 10:00-3:00; Jefferson County;

4/9 — Ohio Valley Mall, St. Clairsville, Ohio, overflowing with scheduled donors, no walkins, Belmont County;

4/13 – Vance Memorial Church, Wheeling, 12:00-5:30, Ohio County, WV;

4/20 – Trinity Lutheran Church, Wheeling, 10:00-3:00, Ohio County, WV;

4/21 – Jenkins Sub Express, Diane River Plaza, Middlebourne, WV, 10:00-3:00, Tyler County;

4/23 – St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, New Martinsville, WV, 1:00-6:30, Wetzel County;

4/24 – Messiah Lutheran Church, Moundsville, WV, 10:00-3:00, Marshall County;

4/27 – Vance Memorial Church, Wheeling, 12:00-5:30, Ohio County, WV;