Local blood banks call for continued donations

Blood banks ask for donations as COVID-19 cases increase

JOPLIN, Mo. – Area blood banks are urging healthy people to give blood as cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus increase.

The Community Health Center of the Ozarks is asking people to give blood regularly.

The center provides blood for 40 hospitals in the Ozarks, and have to have 200 units of blood donated every day to keep up.

Officials worry people will stop donating blood over fear of the coronavirus — something that would impact their blood supply.

“That would create a concern because that will impact the blood supply, and when one of our loved ones comes down with a disease, a heart attack, cancer, an accident, those patients depend on us,” says Belinda Belk with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

She also adds COVID-19 is not known to be transmittable through a blood donation or transfusion.

The American Red Cross is also urging healthy people to donate blood.

If you want to learn more about the Community Blood Center or how to donate, click here: https://www.cbco.org/

If you want to donate to the American Red Cross, click here: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html