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Red Cross blood drive set for Monday

WELCOME — Happy April, hope you didn’t get fooled too many times on Wednesday.

Just a reminder that the senior citizens group in Welcome will not meet in April. Please stay home and take care.

All area churches have cancelled services and events in the churches. They urge all area residents to check out the videos and social media offerings for taped messages and devotions and to pray for the nation.

Following are events in April that are effected by the current virus situation:

o Tuesday morning coffee hours will not be held in April.

o Welcome Historical Society museum will not be open in April.

o Martin County Relay for Life committee and team leaders meeting previously planned for April 6 will not be held.

o Martin Luther High School rummage sale has been postponed until June 4-6.

o Ceylon Community Day Auction has been postponed until July 25.

Welcome City Council will have emails or phone calls instead of their usual meetings in April. Any questions should be phoned in to the city hall at (507) 728-8740.

Mayo Clinic Health System has an online site for information about the COVID-19 contact information or up to date information and what to do if you have symptoms (ie. fever, cough, shortness of breath) at www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid19.

Red Cross blood drive in Ceylon is scheduled 1-6 p.m. Monday at Legends II. For further information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), text BLOODAPP to 90999 or go online at www.redcross blood.org. There will be special checks for fever and other illness and equipment will be wiped down more than usual. Use the Rapid Pass opportunity to shorten the time at the blood drive.

There have been some reports of scams related to the Covid-19 virus. Some claim to give you information about vaccines. There are no vaccines yet. Some claim to give information about personal protection items such as masks and gloves. There are places for information and they always end with “.gov.” Do not go to any online places claiming special help except the ones you trust. Some scams are asking for donations. A good site to check is www. charitynavigator.org to check out any charity. There are local things we can help. Please be very careful with your health and with your privacy. Stay home, stay well if at all possible.

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