TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday, local blood donors were able to assist the American Red Cross.
From 11 A.M. until 4 P.M. the organization held a blood drive at Meadows Shopping Center in Terre Haute.
Organizers say American Red Cross is no longer facing a severe blood shortage, they say that’s due to COVID-19 guidelines restricting many procedures that may call for blood donations.
Although there is not a current shortage, they say it’s important to maintain their supply in case of a surge in need.
“The thing I kind of worry about is once the pandemic seems like it’s winding down and the shelter in place orders are gone, at some point people are going to reschedule all of those elective surgeries they had scheduled. People are going to start traveling again and the demand for blood is going to skyrocket.” said Lance White, donor recruitment manager at American Red Cross.
Organizers also say extra precautions are being taken at donation centers due to COVID-19.