As Americans begin to reunite with friends and loved ones following the deadly outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the American Red Cross and blood centers across the U.S. are concerned about blood supplies and donor turnout this summer due to the virus. They need your help to donate blood.
Blood donations are essential to our nation's health operations and are needed nationwide. Americans who have received their vaccine can donate blood and platelets; knowing the type of vaccine they received will help with determining blood donation eligibility.
To help provide donors' insight into whether they may have been exposed to this coronavirus during this ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Results are normally available in one to two weeks.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has partnered with the American Red Cross for Sinclair Cares: Roll Up Your Sleeves. Together, we can help prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures & patient treatments that were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're healthy and feeling well, please schedule your next blood donation in the days and weeks ahead.
The need for blood is constant, and donors are the only source of blood for those in need.
The Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols in alignment with CDC and OSHA guidance:
You can help save lives.