The American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, rise in the U.S.
Cold and flu season has already impacted the nation’s ability to maintain its blood supply. As the number of coronavirus cases grows in the U.S., the number of people eligible to give blood for patients in need could decrease further.
“We’re asking the American people to help keep the blood supply stable during this challenging time. As communities across the country prepare for this public health emergency, it’s critical that plans include a readily available blood supply for hospital patients,” said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services. “As fears of coronavirus rise, low donor participation could harm blood availability at hospitals, and the last thing a patient should worry about is whether lifesaving blood will be on the shelf when they need it most.”
BLOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
3/16/2020: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., American Legion, 145 W. Franklin
3/16/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 145 W. Franklin
3/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 300 S. Grant St.
3/23/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 240 North St. E.
3/24/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, Highway 22
3/26/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 140 Main St.
Please make an appointment to donate blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Blood donors with type O blood and platelet donors are especially needed right now.