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Blood Donors Needed

Since the start of the pandemic area hospitals and health organizations are experiencing a shortage of blood and they’re asking you to help.

The Community Blood Bank provides the local supply of blood for various health care organizations throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York.

Since the pandemic, officials said they’ve been impacted greatly.

“In the beginning of COVID, we obviously saw a decrease in our mobile blood drives because businesses weren’t operating on site or they weren’t operating at full capacity,” said Jaclyn Seymour, Community Relations Specialist for the Community Blood Bank.

With counties reopening back up, she said they’re still experiencing a shortage.

“Even now as things are opening back up, we’re still at about a 32% decrease in our mobile blood drive operations,” she said.

Jaclyn Seymour said there is a critical need for all blood types and right now they have less than a one day supply for most blood types.

That’s why they’re hosting a blood drive this Wednesday at the Curwensville Fire Department from 3-7pm.

“We are taking temperatures of everybody who’s at any of our blood collection locations, masks are required above your face and nose as long as you are inside on of the facilities,” she said.

With one donation, Seymour said you can save three lives.

“We’re very excited that they’re opening their doors and allowing us in during this time without the partnerships like this we couldn’t do what we do,” she said.

If you’re interested in donating blood, call Kathy Hastings at (814) 456-4206.

 

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