The Community Blood Bank is reporting most blood types are at a less than one-day supply available to the patients in need in the local hospitals.
About 35% of the organizations who hold blood drives in area communities are not operating onsite or have limited operations, resulting in the expected loss of nearly 1,000 units of blood for May and June.
The blood drive will be on Wednesday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Nursing Services and on Tuesday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sander’s Markets.
The CBB is thankful to announce a new partnership with Community Nursing Services to hold an emergency blood drive to bring in more blood donations.
“There is always a way to do something positive in challenging times,” Deanna Renaud, executive director for the CBB said. “Blood donors are needed desperately now, and for months to come. Many blood centers are facing the same need for donors so there is no other option but for our community to donate the blood needed here at home.”
The blood supply has been below adequate levels in recent weeks, as elective surgeries have been rescheduled after delays due to COVID-19.
However, with schools and many businesses still operating remotely, blood drives continue to be canceled and donor turnout has been low.
The blood bank is asking residents to donate blood as soon as possible, so that patients who will need blood for surgeries, traumas and chronic illness treatments will get the units they need.
“We keep saying it’s the blood on the shelf that saves lives,” said Renaud. “Right now, there is not much blood on the shelf.”