BANGOR — With the pandemic keeping people inside, fewer are donating blood.
A Red Cross representative says there was a spike of people donating at the start of the pandemic but it has since slowed down.
There are a few incentives to donate blood right now, one being a COVID-19 antibody test.
“We aren’t seeing as many people coming in as before. Blood only has a shelf life of six weeks so it’s really important for us to replenish so it’s here when we need it,” said Red Cross Donor Recruitment Associate Beverly Austin.
A blood drive will be held at the Anah Shrine Temple, 1404 Broadway, Bangor, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15.
COVID-19 antibodies could potentially help someone recover from the virus.
The Red Cross also is giving people who donate a chance to win an Amazon gift card.