10/12/21 - American Red Cross Reports Emergency Blood Shortage

LuAnn Hunt

This is the third week of an emergency blood and platelet shortage for the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross says incentives are being offered to try and encourage more people to make an appointment to donate blood. 

The blood and platelets are in demand to help cancer patients and others with serious conditions.

They are especially in need of type O blood.

The number of COVID-19 cases and the variant has impacted blood donations in the last year.

Coupons and gift cards are being offered to encourage people to take time to donate.   

Appointments can be made through the Red Cross Blood Donor app, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.

The Red Cross says, “Fall is typically a time when the blood supply rebounds from summer blood shortages, but a surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. due to the delta variant has contributed to the lowest donor turnout of the year. To shore up inventory, the Red Cross must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week this month to meet hospital and patient needs.”

Those who donate Oct. 11-31 will receive an extra $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.

For blood donate locations and to make an appointment, click here.

 

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