As Arizona faces potential shortage of blood in blood banks, officials urge healthy residents to donate

Residents who are healthy are encouraged to donate blood as the state faces a shortage of blood at blood banks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Residents who are healthy are encouraged to donate blood as the state faces a shortage of blood at blood banks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Residents who are healthy are encouraged to donate blood as the state faces a shortage of blood at blood banks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Banner Health and Vitalant, the region’s blood bank operator, are working together to restore blood donations after donations have significantly dropped during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Vitalant leaders said blood donations are still safe, according to a news release from Banner Health. Staff takes steps to ensure surfaces are thoroughly disinfected between donors and social distancing protocols are followed to minimize the potential for transmission of the new coronavirus.

"We all play an important role in protecting public health," Gov. Doug Ducey said in the release. "If you are healthy, please consider donating blood."

Federal leaders also encourage those who are able to donate to do so, reassuring the public blood donation is safe and an "essential health care activity," according to the news release.

Upcoming blood donation events include:


East Valley: Vitalant RV parked on west side of campus near parking garage

  • Banner Gateway Medical Center, 1900 N. Higley Road, Gilbert

  • Thursday, March 26, 7 a.m. to noon

  • Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Vitalant RV parked on east side of campus near main entrance


  • Banner Baywood Medical Center, 6644 E. Baywood Ave., Mesa

  • Thursday, March 26, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Vitalant asks potential donors to make an appointment on its website ahead of the event to prevent crowds from forming.

To create a safe and secure environment for patients and health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors are not allowed in Banner hospitals until further notice, according to Banner Health.

"Our blood collection sites are a 'first response' action to this outbreak versus a gathering that needs to be avoided,” said Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Vitalant's chief medical and scientific officer, in a news release. "If you're healthy, you're needed now more than ever. We cannot let it get to the point where there’s no blood available for trauma patients, those undergoing cancer treatment and patients who need regular, ongoing blood transfusions just to survive."

For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org and click on "blood drive" or call 877-258-4825.

Officials recommend checking the website often, as the number of people who can donate at a time is limited.
SHARE THIS STORY
By



MOST RECENT

Mesa Public Schools governing board announces superintendent finalists

There are three finalists for the superintendent position at Mesa Public Schools.

Chandler USD is offering curbside meal service. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chandler USD expands curbside meal service

Chandler USD announced the district will expand its curbside meal service.

Darcie and Gilbert Meraz, owners of Rita's Burritos in Chandler, said they are looking to help the community in any way they can. (Courtesy Rita's Burritos Facebook)
Rita's Burritos looks to help Chandler community during outbreak, offers free meals to health care workers, first responders

Darcie and Gilbert Meraz, owners of Rita's Burritos in Chandler, said they are looking to help the community in any way they can.

Chandler USD announced March 27 the district would move to remote learning March 30. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD announces March 30 as start of remote learning for students

Chandler USD announced the district would move to remote learning March 30.

Chandler USD announced March 27 the district would move to remote learning March 30. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD announces March 30 as start of remote learning for students

Chandler USD announced March 27 the district would move to remote learning March 30.

Chandler City Council voted March 26 to allow businesses to use temporary signage to promote their endeavors. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler City Council authorizes extended temporary signage use for business promotion during outbreak

Chandler City Council voted March 26 to allow businesses to use temporary signage to promote their endeavors.

Construction is ongoing as the Arizona Department of Transportation works to expand Loop 101 through Chandler. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)
ADOT announces closures on Loop 101 through Chandler for March 27-31

ADOT announced Loop 101 closures and restrictions for the weekend of March 27.

Intel announced March 26 it will make a donation to the Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Intel and the Intel Foundation to donate $1 million to the Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Intel announced March 26 it will make a donation to support COVID-19 relief in Arizona.

Melissa Shumway is keeping herself busy making masks for those working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy Melissa Shumway)
'I'll do what I can for as long as I can:' Chandler photographer turns to making masks for health care workers

A Chandler woman is spending her time making masks for health care workers battling COVID-19 on the front lines.

Chandler USD is now offering child care to health care workers and first responders. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chandler USD now offering child care for emergency and essential workers

Chandler USD has opened up child care offerings for first responders, health care workers and grocers.

Valley grocery stores have designated specific times for seniors to shop during the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are the Valley grocers offering special hours for seniors during the coronavirus

Federal and state health officials have warned that coronavirus poses a greater risk to seniors. In Maricopa County, as of March 25, there were 70 cases among adults age 60 and over. As such, local grocery stores have responded by instituting special hours when the stores are open to seniors to limit potential exposure.

Workers sort through recycled material in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler urges residents to 'recycle right' as the cost of running the city's recycling program increases

Over the span of two years, the city of Chandler has gone from earning revenue on recycling to paying for recycling processing.

Back to top