Today’s local news is concerning the effect of the efforts towards slowing the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting impact to area blood supplies. According to the Marsh Regional Blood Center, because many of the already planned blood drives have now been cancelled. Marsh Regional Blood Center Administrators are feeling trepidation about, “the possibility that it will be unable to meet the needs of patients in this region.”
Director of Marsh Regional Blood Center stated, “We need people to turn out in force and donate. Nationally blood drives are being cancelled, and hospitals and health systems are in urgent need for donations. This could turn into an unprecedented blood shortage, unless our donors come out and give as soon as they can.”
Additionally, Director Campbell went on to reassure that the COVID-19 doesn’t “pose any known risks to blood donors during the donation process. If you’re healthy, feel well and haven’t been exposed to COVID-19, we need you to donate now.”
As an added bonus, every person that donates blood right now will receive a ten dollar gift card for Food City. Potential donors with blood type O-negative are especially beneficial as their blood can be used by any patient in need. In addition, Marsh Regional Blood Centers have expanded their donor center hours from 8am-8pm Monday thru Friday, and Saturdays from 8am-4pm.
Even with the continued spread of the Corona Virus Disease 2019, and social distancing, COVID-19 doesn’t pose any known risks to blood donors or from attending any of their blood drives.
For additional information regarding blood donations, please phone 423-408-7500, 423-0014 or 276-679-4669, or online at www.marshblood.com.