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Red Cross: Blood donations are urgently needed

Community news | Wednesday, August 19, 2020

You can add blood donation to the list of ways you can help our nation get through this pandemic. Fears about COVID-19 have been keeping people from giving blood, and the American Red Cross says the result is an urgent need for blood and platelet donors.

Further, the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to give plasma to help current patients who are seriously ill or at high risk of serious illness. Blood donors who have fully recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their blood plasma. Their blood could help seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

You may qualify if you:

  • Are at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds;
  • Are in good health and feeling well;
  • Have a verified prior diagnosis of COVID-19; and
  • Are fully recovered and symptom-free for at least 14 days, as determined by your medical provider.

If you meet all these criteria, please consider completing on online Donor Eligibility form.

The Red Cross estimates that someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. Donated blood is used to help people who have:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic diseases
  • Injuries from accidents or fires.

It's also used in lifesaving procedures, such as heart surgeries and organ transplants.

There's no evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by blood transfusion, and blood centers are taking extra steps to protect donors and staff from the virus.

Are you healthy and interested in giving blood? Learn more.