FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Diina, 400-7249(c)
Coronavirus Triggering Drop in Local Blood Donations
Local hospitals rely on a ready source of blood in order to care for and treat patients on a daily basis. ConnectLife, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, is seeing a decline in local blood donation due to fear of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and concerns are growing about blood supply. Warnings that the public should stay home and avoid crowds is leading to cancelled appointments and blood drives. We are urging all eligible donors to make and keep their appointments to donate, and encouraging all blood drive sponsors to continue hosting scheduled drives.
If the outbreak continues to spread, additional challenges could arise, which could potentially reduce the number of eligible blood donors in WNY. To ensure an adequate blood supply for our local hospitals it is imperative that healthy, eligible individuals donate blood so that an adequate blood supply can be maintained at all times. Blood has a short shelf life and must be continually replenished. Blood donors must be healthy, feeling well and free of respiratory illness symptoms to be eligible to donate. It is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives, so we want to ensure that we have enough should the COVID-19 infiltrate WNY.
ConnectLife is the primary supplier of blood products to Oishei Children’s Hospital, Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Degraff Memorial Hospital, ECMC, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Hospital, Wyoming County Community Health System, Olean General Hospital, Brooks-TLC Health System in Dunkirk and Bradford Regional Medical Center. As WNY’s only community blood bank it is our responsibility to answer the call for blood products to ANY hospital in need, but we will need help from blood donors to do that.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted COVID-19 to date. It poses no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply and does not pose any known risk to patients receiving blood transfusions.
To make an appointment to donate please visit www.ConnectLifeGiveBlood.org or call 716.529.4270.
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Unyts is now ConnectLife! ConnectLife helps people help others. As a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization and community blood bank, we save and enhance lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donations. Visit us online at www.ConnectLife.org or Facebook @weconnectlife.