March 18, 2020

Red Cross calls for blood Donations

The American Red Cross desperately needs your help! Thousands of blood drives have been canceled as schools and businesses have closed in response to COVID-19. The situation is expected to worsen over the next week, and more and more hospitals may have to make tough medical choices due to a shortage of blood.

As the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to impact our communities, we need your help ensuring we have a sufficient blood supply to support hospital patients in Pennsylvania and across the country. The American Red Cross has had a staggering number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives cancelled as more
workplaces, college campuses and other venues send people home and encourage social distancing.

Disruptions to blood donations can lead to shortages and cause delays in essential medical care. As of March 16, about 2,700 blood drives, representing approximately 86,000 fewer blood donations, have been canceled in the U.S. due to COVID-19 concerns. Here in Pennsylvania we have seen 116 blood drives canceled resulting in
over 3,600 lost donations.

It is still safe to donate blood! Red Cross urges healthy individuals to give blood amid #coronavirus concerns. @RedCrossGPA  say low donor turnout hurting local blood supply. If you're feeling well, find an open drive near you at redcross.org #COVID19