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February 18, 2021

Blood Bank of Delmarva urges the public to donate blood as the coronavirus pandemic and winter weather have caused a severe strain on the blood supply

With snow storms and freezing temperatures, the region is experiencing a severe strain on the blood supply. Since last March, Blood Bank of Delmarva has suffered from a chronic deficit in blood donations as nearly all high schools, colleges, offices, and other community groups have had to cancel their blood drives. The winter weather has made collecting blood even more difficult amid the pandemic. BBD’s inventory of O positive and B positive red blood cells is especially low.


“Winters are typically a difficult time of the year for blood collections, however this winter has been extraordinarily hard with the COVID-19 pandemic and record snowfall keeping folks indoors,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director at Blood Bank of Delmarva. “Our community always comes together for each other and right now we need your help to replenish the blood supply. Please make an appointment to donate – you could be saving a life.”


Through the month of February, Blood Bank of Delmarva is giving blood donors the chance to get free antibody testing at any of BBD’s 4 fixed donor centers and all mobile drives throughout the area.


We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here.


Donations are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visiting www.delmarvablood.org.


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About Blood Bank of Delmarva: Blood Bank of Delmarva is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community blood bank with a simple mission: saving lives. The Blood Bank of Delmarva achieves its mission every day by providing safe blood and blood products to all 19 hospitals in Delmarva and relies on over 80,000 volunteer blood donors each year to ensure patients’ needs are met. The Blood Bank of Delmarva distributes over 130,000 blood products annually and operates four donor centers. Each year, the Blood Bank of Delmarva normally hosts over 600 blood drives. These blood drives would not be possible without the commitment of community organizations that volunteer to serve as sponsors or coordinators, which provides opportunities for blood donors to give blood and help patients in need. BBD is a New York Blood Center Enterprises affiliate and a member of AABB and ABC. For more information, please visit delmarvablood.org or follow us at facebook.com/delmarvabloodbank.