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Red Cross enters third week of emergency blood and platelet shortage | October 11, 2021

(October 11, 2021) – The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood and platelet shortage that has caused the blood supply to drop to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years. With less than a day’s supply of certain blood types in recent weeks, the Red Cross asks donors of all blood types – especially type O − to make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible to ensure patients can receive the lifesaving transfusions they rely on.

 

Red Cross enters third week of emergency blood and platelet shortage | October 11, 2021

 

Red Cross enters third week of emergency blood and platelet shortage

Donations needed now to help those battling cancer and other serious conditions

(October 11, 2021) The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood and platelet shortage that has caused the blood supply to drop to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years.

 

With less than a day’s supply of certain blood types in recent weeks, the Red Cross asks donors of all blood types – especially type O − to make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible to ensure patients can receive the lifesaving transfusions they rely on. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Fall is typically a time when the blood supply rebounds from summer blood shortages, but a surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. due to the delta variant has contributed to the lowest donor turnout of the year. To shore up inventory, the Red Cross must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week this month to meet hospital and patient needs.

Donors are asked to make an appointment

All those who come to donate in October will receive a link by email to claim a free Zaxby’s® Signature Sandwich reward or get a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.* Plus, all those who come to give Oct. 11-31 will receive a bonus $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.**

Blood donations help those with breast cancer

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Red Cross is reminding donors of the importance of blood to those undergoing treatment. According to the National Cancer Institute, roughly 1.9 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. this year, and more than 281,000 of those individuals will have breast cancer.

 

Patients with breast cancer and other cancers may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. In fact, nearly 25% of the blood supply is used by cancer patients.

 

People across the country depend on the kindness of blood donors. Donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-73-2767).

 

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct.16-31

 

Perry County

 

Junction City

10/23/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

10/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

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Athens County

 

Albany

10/18/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Post 9893, 3025 Dickson Rd.

 

Athens

10/27/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baker Center, Baker Center Ballroom, 1 Park Place

10/28/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Athens County Chapter House, 100 May Ave.

 

Nelsonville

10/20/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

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Coshocton

 

Walhonding

10/18/2021: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

10/21/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Meadowbrook High School - Colts Out for Blood, 58615 Marietta Road

10/21/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Meadowbrook High School - Colts Out for Blood, 58615 Marietta Road

 

Cambridge

10/19/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 136 E.8th Street

10/19/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 136 E.8th Street

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Licking County

 

Etna

10/28/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Johnstown

10/18/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

10/19/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/22/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/26/2021: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trek Brewing Company, 1486 Granville Rd

10/26/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/27/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Granville, 1000 Granville Rd

10/29/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/31/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wilkins Community Building, 11152 Willkins Run Road

 

Pataskala

10/29/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., West Licking County Family YMCA, 355 West Broad Street

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

10/25/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Roseville

10/29/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post 71, 74 S. Main Street

 

Zanesville

10/25/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

10/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry County

 

Junction City

10/23/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

10/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

 

Save time during donation

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Health insights for donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

 

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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**Terms and conditions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Zaxbys.

Upcoming Events
Trunk or Treat | Thursday, October 21, 2021 Oct 21, 2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 St Rt 37 E, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive Perry County Senior Center | Friday, October 22, 2021 Oct 22, 2021 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Senior Center - 520 First St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Hemlock Trunk-or-Treat on Main Street | October 23, 2021 Oct 23, 2021 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Main Street, Hemlock OH 43730
Coffee with some Commissioners | Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM — Dodson's on Broadway - 313 W Broadway St, New Lexington, OH 43764
SNAP-Ed and Perry County Health Department Adult Cooking Class | October 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM — Virtual Meeting via Zoom
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