The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. “Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood,” the Red Cross says.
Many local blood drives are being postponed, but they are encouraging Madison residents to travel. You can find a Red Cross blood drive in or near Madison here.
Please note: you must wait 28 days to donate following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.