Red Cross: “Urgent need” for blood

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The American Red Cross is putting out a call for blood donors once again. Officials say there’s an “urgent need” to prevent another shortage.

Hospitals are resuming surgical procedures and patient treatments which were temporarily paused in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has increased 30% after a sharp decline in early April. Another factor causing concern of a shortage is the cancellation of many blood drives since businesses and community organizations remain closed.

Community Blood Services of Illinois says organizations that host mobile blood drives have had to cancel or postpone events because of temporary closures, work from home policies, and other reasons related to COVID 19.

All those who donate through the end of the month will get a special Red Cross t-shirt; those who donate June 1 – 30 will receive a $5 gift card. Donors need to make and keep scheduled appointments.

“Blood donors have played a vital role in the lives of patients who have needed lifesaving transfusions during this pandemic, and patients continue to depend on donors each and every day,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president Red Cross Blood Services. “The Red Cross appreciates the support of those who rolled up a sleeve to give in recent months, but the need doesn’t stop. We need the public’s help to avoid another blood shortage this summer.”

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For more information, click here or call (800) RED-CROSS (800) 733 – 2767.

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