There is a critical need for O- and B- donations.
- New York Blood Center has lost approximately 4500 units of blood due to cancellations Monday – Wednesday.
- Blood drives may have to be canceled throughout the weekend and perhaps even into next week.
- A BLOOD EMERGENCY is likely to be announced; there are not enough blood drives scheduled yet to allow the community to respond and donate blood.
- Monday, Oct. 29, just 5 of 45 sites operated (45 operations – a combination of donor centers and community blood drives).
- Tuesday, Oct. 30, just 4 of 45 sites operated (45 operations – a combination of donor centers and community blood drives).
- Wednesday Oct. 31, just 10 of 45 sites were in operation.
- They hope to be at 50 percent of capacity Thursday and perhaps 75 percent by Friday and the weekend.
- In all, they will likely have lost 6000 or more donations, and types O-, B- and platelets are in extremely short supply.
The Philipstown Drive is at the Garrison Volunteer Fire Department Friday, Nov. 2 from 2 – 8 p.m. If you want to do something for your community, now is the time to serve.