TIPPECANOE CO, Ind. (WLFI)- The American Red Cross is urging healthy people to donate blood as the coronavirus continues to spread across the state. Right now the Red Cross says they are experiencing an urgent need which is normal due to cold and flu season. However, the need could grow as restrictions on who can and can't donate change.
Individuals are asked to postpone their donation for 28 days if they have recently traveled to China, Iran, Italy or South Korea. Also if someone has come in contact with a person who has COVID-19 they are asked to postpone their donation as well. Brittany Sutton the Executive Director of the Red Cross of Indiana says their needs will grow if more people become Ill.
"Whenever people are experiencing sickness we have less blood because people are less likely to give blood,” said Brittany Sutton with the Red Cross. “One of the most important things I can convey today is of the people who are able only 3 percent give blood."
As the situation concerning coronavirus evolves the Red Cross says they will evaluate all new risk factors in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and industry partners to determine if additional intervention strategies are needed. If you are interested in donating blood you can do so at the following blood drives in Tippecanoe County.
3/25/2020: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Faith Church, 5572 Mercy Way
3/11/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Purdue University - Schleman Hall, 475 Stadium Mall Drive
3/23/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Purdue University - Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, 480 Stadium Mall Drive