INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The coronavirus has shut down several blood drives that were supposed to take place at workplaces, college campuses and schools but the need for blood is still there.
The American Red Cross is urging anyone who is healthy to donate.
"Over the last few days, we have seen blood drive cancellations grow at an alarming rate," Red Cross told Eyewitness News. "Through March 13, about 1,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 46,000 fewer blood donations. We expect that number to rise."
They know people may be hesitant but they want you to know they are taking precautions to keep donors and staff healthy.
The Red Cross will be checking everyone's temperature, they have hand sanitizer at the door and are spacing the beds apart to practice "social distancing."
Employees at the Red Cross will also follow strict safety procedures, including wearing gloves and changing them often; wiping down all donor-touched surfaces and equipment; and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub.
There is no evidence and there are no reported cases of the coronavirus – or any respiratory virus - being transmitted by a blood transfusion, according to the Red Cross.
For more information, visit the American Red Cross website here.