Even with thousands of people responding to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations in early July, there is still a shortage around the country.
The Red Cross wants to ensure blood is available for the rest of the summer and is urging eligible donors to give blood. An emergency request for blood was also issued last week.
According to the Red Cross, there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross tries to always have a five-day supply to be prepared for emergencies that may require significant amounts of blood donations.
“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Jay Winkenbach, donor recruitment director of the Southern California Blood Services Region. “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”
The orgnaization is asking for all blood types to donate.
There will be various donation opportunities from July 25 through Aug. 15 around San Diego County.
You can find more information here.