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Blood donations desperately needed during COVID-19 response


Harrisburg, PA – One of the best things you can do to help your friends, neighbors, community, and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic to to donate blood!

To make things easier and safer, you are asked to pre-register for any blood donation drive that you are attending.

Red Cross Blood drives: RedCrossBlood.org

Community Blood Bank drives: FourHearts.org

There is a desperate need for blood drives to continue. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, people will still need life-saving blood, platelets, and plasma… for things like surgeries, blood loss from accidents and other emergencies, or maintaining health during cancer treatments.

One of the most important things you can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of coronavirus is to give now.

Giving blood is considered an essential community service. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations.

Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets. Both the Red Cross and Community Blood Bank have implemented additional precautions to ensure safety of donors and staff.

Listen to the interview with Lisa Landis, spokesperson for the Greater Pittsburgh Area Red Cross.

Secretary of the PA Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine.


List of blood drives:

Red Cross blood drive – Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Conference Center in DuBois

Community Blood Bank drive – Thursday, April 2, from 1 until 5 p.m. at Penn Highlands Brookville

Community Blood Bank drive – Tuesday, April 7, 1 until 7 p.m. at the Treasure Lake Church

Community Blood Bank – Tuesday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Penn Highlands Elk

Red Cross blood drive – Tuesday, April 7 from 1 until 5:30 p.m. at the Brockwayville Depot in Brockway


“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

U.S. Surgeon General

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