Blood Bank of Delmarva in urgent need of blood donations
DELMARVA – The Blood Bank of Delmarva is urging the public to donate blood, as the coronavirus pandemic and winter weather have reportedly caused a severe strain on the blood supply.
Since March of 2020, the Blood Bank has suffered a chronic deficit in blood donations as nearly all high schools, colleges, offices, and other community groups have had to cancel their blood drives due to the pandemic. The winter weather has also contributed to low blood supply.
We’re told the Blood Bank’s inventory of O positive and B positive red blood cells is especially low.
Throughout the month of February, the Blood Bank of Delmarva is giving blood donors the chance to get free antibody testing at any of BBD’s 4 fixed donor centers and all mobile drives throughout the area.
“Winters are typically a difficult time of the year for blood collections, however this winter has been extraordinarily hard with the COVID-19 pandemic and record snowfall keeping folks indoors,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director at Blood Bank of Delmarva. “Our community always comes together for each other and right now we need your help to replenish the blood supply. Please make an appointment to donate – you could be saving a life.”
Donations are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visiting the Blood Bank of Delmarva’s website.