New York Blood Center urges donations amid national shortage crisis

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NEW YORK — The New York Blood Center is out for blood — your blood.

Amid the first-ever national blood crisis in the U.S., there’s an urgent need for blood donations to meet the emergency needs of hospitals.

A New York Blood Center manager said on a regular day, they used to collect 50 pints of blood. Now they’re down to seven or eight pints a day.

Before the pandemic, they would get an average of 60 donors a day, according to the center. That number has been slashed as COVID surges have forced them to cancel blood drives.

There’s also a critical shortage of platelets and plasma.

Officials are pleading with people to come out and donate.

The American Red Cross said it had “less than a one-day supply of critical blood types” and has had to limit distributions to hospitals.

“We’re facing a national blood crisis,” the Red Cross tweeted. “Doctors are having to make tough choices about who receives transfusions and who has to wait.”

More information on donating at the New York Blood Center can be found here. You can find a drive through the Red Cross here.

Donors can alo schedule appointments by calling 1-800-933-2566.

Dr. Elizabeth Stone, a transfusion medical attendant at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia spoke with the PIX11 News about the need for donors and how it’s impacting hospitals:

More on places you can donate:

  • Bohemia Donor Center: 3125 Veterans Memorial Highway, RONKONKOMA, NY 11779 (800) 933-2566
  • Brooklyn Donor Center: 30 Flatbush Avenue, BROOKLYN, NY 11217 (800) 933-2566
  • East Fishkill Donor Center: 2070 Route 52 Building, 200 HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY 12533 (800) 933-2566
  • Elmsford Donor Center: 525 Executive Blvd., ELMSFORD, NY 10523 (800) 933-2566
  • Grand Central Donor Center Chanin Building: 115 East 41st Street, NEW YORK, NY 10017 (800) 933-2566
  • Howell Donor Center: 4068 Route 9 South, HOWELL, NJ 07731 (800) 933-2566
  • Keyport Donor Center: 234 Atlantic St, KEYPORT, NJ 07735 (800) 933-2566
  • Kingston Donor Center: 51 Albany Avenue, KINGSTON, NY 12401 (800) 933-2566
  • Lake Success Donor Center: 2500 Marcus Avenue, LAKE SUCCESS, NY 11042 (800) 933-2566
  • Massapequa Donor Center: 1050 Sunrise Highway, MASSAPEQUA, NY 11758 (800) 933-2566
  • Melville Donor Center: 905 Walt Whitman Rd (Rte. 110), MELVILLE, NY 11747 (800) 933-2566
  • New Brunswick Donor Center: 167 New Street, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901 (800) 933-2566
  • Paramus Donor Center: 791 Route 17 South, PARAMUS, NJ 07652 (800) 933-2566
  • Port Authority Midtown Donor Center: 625 8th Avenue @ W 41st Street, South Wing, NEW YORK, NY 10018 (800) 933-2566
  • Port Jefferson Station Donor Center: 1010 Route 112, PORT JEFFERSON STATION, NY 11776 (800) 933-2566
  • Raritan Donor Center Ortho Clinical Diagnostics: 1001 Route 202 North, RARITAN, NJ 08869 (800) 933-2566
  • Rockland Donor Center: 25 Smith Street, NANUET, NY 10954 (800) 933-2566
  • Rockville Centre Donor Center: 290 Sunrise Highway, ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY 11570 (800) 933-2566
  • Scotch Plains Donor Center: 2279 South Avenue, SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ 07076 (800) 933-2566
  • Staten Island Donor Center: 2791 Richmond Avenue, STATEN ISLAND, NY 10314 (800) 933-2566
  • Upper East Side Donor Center: 310 East 67th Street, NEW YORK, NY 10065 (800) 933-2566

The regional CEO of the Red Cross in Greater New York joined the PIX11 Morning News to explain the blood shortage and how New Yorkers can find a blood drive to donate:

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