The American Red Cross of Northern Ohio is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region and continuing to carry out our lifesaving mission.
The Red Cross is strongly urging all healthy, eligible individuals to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages.
In addition to following guidance from local authorities and working to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are asking healthy members of the community to help us meet two urgent needs and support continuing the work of the Red Cross in Northern Ohio.
1. Give Blood. The Red Cross and the nation are facing a severe blood shortage due to the unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the outbreak of the coronavirus. Healthy individuals are needed to donate lifesaving blood to help patients in need, including victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer.
We are taking additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors, staff and volunteers, including checking the temperature of everyone before they enter a donation center or blood drive, providing hand sanitizers for use throughout the donation process and spacing beds, where possible, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors.
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2. Volunteer. Disasters do not adhere to social distancing measures and the Red Cross mission to help individuals suffering from a disaster, such as a home fire, must continue to be carried out.
The Red Cross of Northern Ohio continues to need volunteers to assist with responding to home fires, floods and other local disasters and provide comfort and support to residents in need.
We also need volunteers to assist at blood drives and to transport lifesaving blood from blood drives and Red Cross distribution facilities to hospitals.
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For additional information and to prevent the spread of misinformation, the following organizations are trusted sources for updated information regarding COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Ohio Department of Health