ERIE – The Community Blood Bank (CBB) is reporting most blood types are at a less than a one-day supply available to the patients in need in the local hospitals. Approximately 35 percent of the organizations that hold blood drives in our communities are not operating onsite or have limited operations, resulting in the expected loss of nearly 1,000 units of blood for May and June.
“There is always a way to do something positive in challenging times,” said Executive Director Deanna Renaud. “Blood donors are needed desperately now, and for months to come. Many blood centers are facing the same need for donors so there is no other option but for our community to donate the blood needed here at home.”
The blood supply has been below adequate levels in recent weeks, as elective surgeries have been rescheduled after delays due to COVID-19. However, with schools and many businesses still operating remotely, blood drives continue to be canceled and donor turnout has been low.
The Community Blood Bank is extending hours on Tuesday, June 2, at the Erie Donor Center, located at 2646 Peach Street in Erie from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Residents are urged to schedule an appointment before coming to donate so the CBB can adhere to social distancing guidelines and limit crowds. Call 814/456-4206 to schedule an appointment to donate. All donors are also required to wear a facial covering when attending any of our blood collection locations.
The Erie Donor Center is also open Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For more details, visit fourhearts.org.