The American Red Cross is urging healthy people to donate blood now for patients in need. Due to the cancelation of several events featuring blood drives, The American Red Cross is down 86,000 donations.
The supply is dwindling as people practice social distancing and remote work.
“We understand why people may be hesitant to come out for a blood drive, but want to reassure the public that we have implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors and staff in response to concern, including:
- Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy.
- Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
- Spacing beds, where possible, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors.
- Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment. We also want to emphasize that at each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection,” the press release said.
If you are healthy and able, make an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767).