Indiana in critical need of blood donations

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect changes made to the local blood drive schedule.

TERRE HAUTE Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The American Red Cross organization says the state of Indiana is in desperate need of blood donations.

Executive Director of Southwest Indiana American Red Cross, Theo Boots said, COVID-19 is causing a lot of cancelations. Without the ability to host drives, donations are harder to come by.

“The Red Cross has had over 6,000 blood drives canceled nationwide resulting in over 200,000 blood units uncollected.”

Boots said there are a few blood drives still planned for the next couple of weeks, but people have to go out and donate. The Red Cross will have their next two drives on April 1 and April 20 at Meadows Banquet Room in Terre Haute.

With the current pandemic, there are concerns surrounding donations and the transmission of COVID-19 but Boots said there is no data or evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion.

“The FDA and CDC have declared blood as an essential service. Going to a blood drive is fine it’s even encourage, but we only want healthy donors.”

She added one of the reasons why it’s so important to donate is because emergencies still occur, and people still need blood, even during this outbreak.

“Blood cannot be manufactured It only comes from healthy donors and we need blood for cancer victims for emergencies that happen.”

Marshall, Ill. will also be hosting a blood drive Monday at St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

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