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By LuAnn Schindler

Severe blood shortage due to COVID-19 outbreak

Orchard blood drive draws donors


March 26, 2020

Mike Tabbert

A Red Cross phlebotomist checks the output as Aaron Hoke donates blood at a blood drive, March 17, in Orchard. Drawing one pint of blood takes approximately six to 10 minutes.

The need for blood donations is always present.

According to Governor Pete Ricketts, approximately 4,000 blood drives across the country have been canceled since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a call to action Monday afternoon, requesting healthy and able individuals donate blood.

"If you want to contribute, please visit and make an appointment in advance. This will help manage the influx of incoming donors and ensure social distancing measures are maintained," Adams wrote in a Twitter post.

Without adequate donations, the blood su...

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