"Now, we've been able to keep some of the community drives on our calendar, but that's not making up for our lost volume from the cancellation of the other blood drives".
The Ohio Department of Health is asking people call the blood drive ahead of time to make an appointment, to ensure social distancing. "This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of auto accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer", according to a statement.
That means donors who have traveled to areas of major outbreaks or who have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19, or donors who have recovered from the virus, should postpone blood donation for 28 days.
The American Red Cross, which supplies about 40% of the nation's blood, says donor drives across the country have been cancelled "at an alarming rate" and the organization now faces a "severe blood shortage". Not only is it safe to donate blood right now ― the FDA has said there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus ― but it's also crucial. "Traditionally we get towards the spring and high schools and colleges schedule a lot of blood drives".
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in her COVID-19 update on Wednesday that Canadian Blood Services has a desperate need for donations in B.C.
While there are "legitimate and understandable" reasons people are reluctant to donate blood now, Davenport said, healthy people can and should be donating. There are patients who need blood and can not wait.
"We know that people want to help, but they may be hesitant to visit a blood drive during this time. People take precautions to make sure those centers are spotless clean and that people who are sick don't enter them", Marks says. Hand sanitizer is provided and used throughout the donation process.
At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees follow strict safety protocols, in addition to following the spacing protocol with each blood drive to incorporate social distancing measures.
Wearing gloves and changing gloves with each donor. We use a sterile collection set for every donation.
Canadian Blood Services is urging donors with appointments to keep them.
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. "Going to a blood drive is a safe, essential health care function".
Red Cross has an app to speed up registration.