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Donate blood during COVID-19 pandemic

Every day patients rely on blood transfusions. These people include surgical patients, victims of car crashes and other emergencies as well as cancer patients.

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Even during a pandemic, these common needs do not stop, so it's now more important than ever to consider making a blood donation to help your family, friends and neighbors.

York County President Commissioner Julie Wheeler recently donated blood in Stewartstown. She attested to how easy it was to register online by filling out a brief questionnaire.

"It's a great way to share the community connection that we are missing right now, and to help someone in need," Wheeler said.

The American Red Cross is taking extra precautions at its drives to protect donors from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Temperatures are taken at the door, staff wear masks and make social distancing a priority and there is hand sanitizer and wipes for donors' basic sanitation needs.

In his 20 years working as a representative for the Red Cross, Rob Rossi said he's never seen anyhthing like this pandemic.

"We've lost some drives because of the pandemic," Rossi said. "But we're seeking to add drives where they're needed. We're making it as safe as possible."

There are upcoming drives in York County in the coming weeks. You will likely have to schedule a blood donation appointment a few weeks in advance. But since the lifesaving resource has a short shelf life, it cannot be stockpiled. In other words, there is always a need.

Finding a blood drive is not difficult. Simply visit the Red Cross website and enter your ZIP code if you are healthy and feeling well. You can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor App or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Please consider donating.

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