Blood Bank of Delmarva in urgent need of donors

DELAWARE – The Blood Bank of Delmarva announced a blood emergency on Tuesday as the region’s ongoing heatwave, summer travel, and a recent spike in COVID-19 cases have caused a significant decrease in donations over the past several weeks.

Officials with the Blood Bank say the red blood cell supply currently stands at just a 1.1-day level for O negative, 2.4 days for B negative, and 4.4 days for O positive, which is below the ideal level of seven days. Additionally, platelets are at just a 1.7-day level.

The Blood Bank is continuing to partner with local breweries for their “Blood for a Brew” campaign, which started on May 19th and continues through September 10th. Donors can give blood onsite at brewery blood drives or select the drop-down option when completing their health history at any donation location. Each presenting donor will receive a coupon and/or gift card dependent on the participating brewery.

Since March 2020, the number of first-time donors has dropped dramatically and creative campaigns like “Blood for a Brew” aim to raise awareness as well as amplify the need for new blood donors. A total of nine establishments are participating in the campaign, sponsored by TD Bank. A full list can be found here.

For more information on donating, you can call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or go online.

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