Good morning—

With the growing public health concerns caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, I’m reaching out with an update on how it is impacting the American Red Cross, and how you can help.

From the ARC

“As communities across Vermont prepare for this public health emergency, the American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. As the coronavirus pandemic has grown here in the U.S, and VT, we have seen blood drive cancellations grow at an alarming rate. Through March 17, nearly 4,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 100,000 fewer blood donations. Workplaces, college campuses and schools are canceling their blood drives as these locations temporarily close and more people are being told to work remotely and practice social distancing. We are expecting cancellations to continue to increase, which is causing heightened concern for blood collection organizations and hospitals across the country.”

The demand for blood won’t stop with the coronavirus, and neither will the Red Cross. This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. One of the most important things you can do to ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of the coronavirus is to give blood.

Ways you help the ARC.

Giving Blood – For folks in the greater Burlington area they will want to go to the Burlington Blood Donation Center, as it is a fixed donation site. 32 North Prospect Street, Burlington VT 05701. Also you can schedule across the state by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donating -Visit redcross.org/donate and select Coronavirus Outbreak as the gift designation. You can also donate by check by writing “Coronavirus Outbreak” in the memo line, and mailing it to:

American Red Cross of New Hampshire & Vermont
Attn: Marissa Blake
32 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401