As the outbreak of the coronavirus disease continues to impact our communities, the American Red Cross needs your help to ensure they have a sufficient blood supply to support hospital patients in Maine and across the country. A staggering number of blood drives have been canceled as more workplaces, college campuses and other venues send people home and encourage social distancing. Disruptions to blood donations can lead to shortages of lifesaving blood and cause delays in essential medical care. As of March 22, more than 6,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in the United States due to COVID-19 concerns, resulting in 200,000 fewer blood donations.
Follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daWHi21Jiu4&feature=youtu.be to view highlighted concerns of the FDA, the Red Cross and others in the blood banking community about the blood supply and the need for blood donation.
Visit RedCrossBlood.org to view precautions they are taking to ensure the safety of staff.
This information is outlined in What to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Blood Donation Safety at RedCrossBlood.org.
People who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets are urged to make an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
In Maine, we received the attached guidance from the office of Gov. Janet Mills that clarifies that blood drives are not among the gatherings that are prohibited by her executive order.
To schedule a new blood drive contact Patricia Murtagh 207-272-8941 or at Patricia.Murtagh@redcross.org Please do not hesitate to contact Patricia or Maria Devlin at 603-545-7841 or firstname.lastname@example.org about this critical need or other ways the Red Cross can be of assistance. Brewer always steps up to challenges. If you are able to donate, it will be much appreciated by those in need.
Jerry W. Goss
Mayor, City of Brewer