ARCPARK FOREST - Due to the cancellation of blood drives around the state because of COVID-19, blood centers are facing a decrease in blood donations.
 
“If you’re able to donate blood, please do so,” State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) said. “Our state and nation can’t afford a blood shortage during the coronavirus pandemic.”
 
The American Red Cross Donor Center is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and taking every precaution to protect donors from contracting COVID-19 while donating blood. There is also no known risk of the safety of the nation’s blood supply, only the sufficiency of the supply at this time.
 
“While you absolutely should stay home for all but urgent needs, I urge healthy folks to donate blood,” Joyce said. “Keeping up an adequate supply of blood is necessary.”
 
The Red Cross is also encouraging donors to use online resources to schedule their visits and fill out paperwork the day of donation.
 
The American Red Cross Donor Center advised to not give blood if you have been diagnosed with or are being tested for COVID-19, been within six feet of someone who has the virus or is being tested for the virus, or if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
 
Donor centers are following recommendations from local, state and federal health agencies to keep staff, volunteers and donors safe. For questions or concerns, please contact the American Red Cross Donor Center at (800) 448-3543 or visit redcross.org.
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