The American Red Cross has issued a warning to residents of West Virginia about an extreme slump in blood donations.
We're issuing an emergency need for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and help save patient lives following a busy Independence Day week. Make an appointment now: https://t.co/SVnOccS7Zo #BloodEmergency pic.twitter.com/7YMXLV4OcR
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) July 9, 2019
This is a result of the holiday weekend which resulted in fewer blood drives being organized. This followed up a June where there were much less blood donations than expected. In fact, there were around 24,000 less donations than were expected in June.
“This is a serious situation. We have less than a three-day supply of most blood types. We have less than a two-day supply of O, and keep in mind, blood is perishable, so you can’t keep this blood but for so long,” said Regina Boothe Bratton, external communications manager with the Red Cross.
If you are interested in donating blood or how you can help the blood drive in other ways, click here.