As areas reopen and hospitals prepare for the return of elective surgeries, New Jersey Blood Services department of New York Blood Center (NYBC) is issuing an urgent require healthy blood donors. The requirement for blood has actually rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, but the blood supply is alarmingly low. In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types should be constantly renewed. Today, reserves are far listed below that minimum.
Prior to COVID-19, mobile blood drives hosted by schools, organizations, and services comprised around 75% of the region's incoming blood supply, however all drives needed to be cancelled during the past a number of months.NYBC will begin holding a restricted number of mobile blood drives each week, but they are far from the 600 drives each month that would be required to meet the requirement at area medical facilities. There will be a community blood drive at JCC of Middlesex County(1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison )on Wednesday, July 1st between 9:30 am-3:30 pm. Appointments are encouraged & can be made by going to https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/281755 Walk-ins welcome if social distancing can be maintained. Contributing blood is safe and it only takes one hour. We are taking extra precautions to
help avoid the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. NYBC staff are also practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work. As constantly, individuals are not eligible to contribute if they're experiencing a cold, sore throat, breathing infection or flu-like symptoms.