Coronavirus Fears Impact Blood Supply

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By 96.9 The Eagle

If you’re healthy, your blood donation is needed now more than ever. With school closures and workers at home because of the Coronavirus, 25% of Vitalant’s blood collections anticipated in March have disappeared and that number continues to grow. 

Many state and local governments have barred people from leaving their homes, except for essential functions. In his latest statement, California Governor Gavin Newsom specifically said blood banks are in need of donations, emphasizing that it is safe to donate blood.

One person giving blood can help up to three people and possibly save a life.  Blood donations need to be available for trauma patients, those undergoing cancer treatment and patients who need regular, ongoing blood transfusions just to survive.  Blood centers have always required individuals to be in good health to donate, and the blood collection process follows policies established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the health and safety of donors and patients

Vitalant strongly recommends that healthy donors schedule an appointment for a donation over the coming days and weeks—instead of donating without an appointment  - to help them better serve donors. Please call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) or visit