Blood donations, locally and nationally, are critically low

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The effects of the pandemic have made it difficult for blood banks to receive donations.

Both the American Red Cross and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) are asking people to come forward and donate in a time where demand is increasing and supply is low.

The CBCO are responsible for supplying all units of blood to more than 40 area hospitals.

Executive Director of CBCO Anthony Roberts says that their blood supply was substantial prior to the pandemic, but it’s effects have prevented their usual methods to mobilize, and gather donations.

Currently, they have about a 1-2 day supply, and they generally like to have about a 3-5 day supply.

“Since the pandemic started at the end of March, we’ve had about 230 mobile drives canceled, to the tune of about 7,500 units, which is about 30-40 percent of our supply that we would normally have over those 3-4 months,” Roberts says.

Now, the 40+ hospitals they are the sole providers for are starting to need that blood with more elective surgeries being performed, and more restrictions easing as a result of COVID-19.

“On any given day, we need to collect in the 200-220 unit range, and we’re only hitting about 160-180,” says Roberts.

On a national scope, The American Red Cross provides about 42% of the nation’s blood supply according to SWMO Director Stacy Burks. She says in recent weeks, hospital demand increase by 30% across the US.

“The American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors today. What we’re seeing is as restrictions from COVID-19 begin to be lifted, we’re seeing hospitals resume their elective surgeries, and people are getting out more. So, with that comes the additional need for more blood units across the nation’s blood supply,” Burks says.

Burks urges donors to give often if possible.

“Blood products cannot be manufactured and red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation. This makes it so important for people to take an hour out of their time to help us ensure that the blood supply is stable and there when patients are in need,” Burks says.

To donate to CBCO, they will be having mobile blood drives at these locations:

  • Ash Grove – 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Ash Grove Community Blood Drive, 100 N. Maple Lane
  • Aurora – 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Friday, May 29, 2020, Mercy Hospital Aurora, 500 Porter
  • Bella Vista, AR – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Friday, May 29, 2020, Village Bible Evangelical Free Church, 1591 Forest Hills Blvd
  • Branson – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 28, 2020, Emergency Blood Drive-Elevate Branson, 310 Gretna Road
  • Fayetteville, AR – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Christian Life Cathedral, 1285 Millsap Road
  • Fordland – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Fordland Clinic, 1059 Barton Drive
  • Harrison, AR – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday, May 28, 2020, Harrison Community Blood Drive, 814 US Hwy 62-65 N
  • Pea Ridge, AR – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Pea Ridge Community Blood Drive, 1650 Slack Street
  • Salem – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Salem Memorial Hospital, Hwy 72 North
  • Springdale, AR – 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Thursday, May 28, 2020, Harps General Office, 1004 S. Gutensohn
  • Springfield – 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Friday, May 29, 2020, Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital, 3535 S. National

To donate to the national supply, which is down about 30%, you can do that through the American Red Cross locations:

  • Springfield
    • 5/29/2020: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 5/30/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 5/31/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/1/2020: 11:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/2/2020: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/3/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Red Cross Blood Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Suite B
    • 6/5/2020: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/6/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/7/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/8/2020: 11:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/9/2020: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/12/2020: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/12/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3555 S. Fremont Ave
    • 6/13/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/14/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/15/2020:11:15 a.m.- 5:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/16/2020: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
    • 6/19/2020: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 313 E. Battlefield, Ste B
  • Branson:
    • 5/29/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic Church, 202 Vaughn Drive
  • Bates, Rich Hill:
    • 6/2/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rich Hill Christian Church, 300 E Walnut (A Highway)
  • Benton, Warsaw:
    • 6/16/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Warsaw, 31687 Highway 83
  • Henry, Clinton:
    • 6/2/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 297 NW 40 Rd
  • Pulaski, Saint Robert:
    • 6/9/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, 123 Bosa Dr.
    • 6/12/2020: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowes St. Robert, 120 Carson Blvd
  • Barry, Cassville:
    • 6/4/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Crowder College Community Building, 4020 North Main Street
  • Barry, Monett:
    • 6/1/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Monett Community Church, 2101 Cleveland
    • 6/15/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Johns Lutheran Church, 23237 Highway H
  • Barton, Lamar:
    • 6/8/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1301 East 6th Street
  • Camden, Camdenton:
    • 6/19/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 547 West 54 Highway
  • Camden, Osage Beach:
    • 5/27/2020: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowe’s Osage Beach, 950 MO-42
    • 6/4/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Culver’s Restaurant, 5785 US 54
    • 6/8/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lake of the Ozarks Elks Lodge #2517, 5161 Osage Beach Parkway
  • Cedar, Stockton:
    • 6/10/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Agape Boarding School, 12998 East 1400 Road
  • Dade, Lockwood:
    • 6/1/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion, 710 Locust
  • Howell, West Plains:
    • 6/18/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Missouri Department of Conservation West Plains, 551 Joe Jones Boulevard
  • Jasper, Joplin:
    • 6/9/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Walgreen’s, 2001 South Rangeline Road
  • Laclede, Lebanon:
    • 5/27/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 240 Highway YY
  • Newton, Diamond:
    • 6/17/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., First Baptist Church of Diamond, 501 W. Market St.
  • Stone, Kimberling City:
    • 6/17/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Our Lady Of The Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Boulevard
  • Vernon, Nevada:
    • 6/5/2020: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1101 N. Olive St
    • 6/18/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue
    • 6/19/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue

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