Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. However, due to a critically low blood supply, patients may need to wait. The American Red Cross reports the country is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Red Cross says the number of people donating blood has dropped roughly 10%. Looking ahead, about 60% of blood donation appointments during the next several weeks remain unfilled in Oregon and throughout the Cascades Region.
Blood and platelet donations are critical to help prevent delays in vital medical treatments. Donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Staying COVID-19 safe while donating
Red Cross blood drives and donation centers follow the highest standards of safety and infection control, including COVID-19 protocols requiring face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status.
You can help save a life. Make an appointment today to give blood or platelets. Use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).