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American Red Cross sees blood shortage donations due to COVID-19

The organization says the need for blood and plasma from COVID-19 survivors is growing as cases rise
Posted at 9:30 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 23:13:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — If you have blood to give the American Red Cross wants it, especially in the Big Bend area.

The organization provides 40 percent of the nation's blood and COVID-19 has discouraged people from donating, creating a shortage.

With more lives being lost to the virus each day plasma from COVID-19 survivors is desperately needed.

Survivors are able to give plasma in Georgia, Florida's ARC is not doing that yet.

Sharon Tyler, Executive Director of the Capital Area American Red Cross Chapter, says whether it's blood or plasma anything will help.

"It's an ongoing need it's and ongoing testing. They are trying to determine how much it helps, who it helps and so yes we highly encourage people to donate the convalescent plasma if you've had COVID and if recovered they do require I think proof that you've had it if which is pretty easy to come by if you've had a positive test," said Tyler.

Thursday the Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross will have regular blood donations.

They will be partnering with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, if you give blood or a financial donation you have the chance to win a prize.