NATIONWIDE – The coronavirus outbreak has brought an abrupt stop to people donating blood.
The Red Cross of Northern New England said there has been about a 300,000-unit decline in blood donations nationwide, largely due to the closing of conventional blood drive sites like colleges and businesses.
The Red Cross is teaming up with MaineHealth to provide 100 units of blood for hospitals that need it.
“The need doesn’t stop for blood. Our hospitals. Our cancer patients. People need different byproducts of blood every single day. So having a decrease in our current blood supply has really challenged us,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of the American Red Cross of Northern New England.