Local hospitals facing blood donation shortages amid pandemic

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In this April 22, 2020 photo provided by New York Blood Center Enterprises, Aubrie Cresswell, 24, donates convalescent plasma at the Blood Bank of Delmarva Christiana Donor Center in suburban Newark, Del. “It’s, I think, our job as humans to step forward and help in society,” said Cresswell who has donated three times and counting. One donation was shipped to a hospitalized friend of a friend, and “it brought me to tears. I was like, overwhelmed with it just because the family was really thankful.” (New York Blood Center Enterprises via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Local hospitals in the Portland area are desperate for blood donations as blood storages are running dangerously low.

When indoor gatherings were banned at the beginning of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it meant no blood drives, resulting in blood shortages that remain to this day.

It’s forcing many much-needed surgeries already pushed back because of the pandemic to continue being delayed.

If you’re able to help, please donate blood. Click here for a full list of blood drives through Bloodworks Northwest and to make an appointment to donate blood.

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