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.
By


MOST RECENT

Abbie Jin knew she wanted to create her video for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge global science competition about something relevant. She just so happened to be making it as the coronavirus gripped the nation in the spring.
Chandler senior a semifinalist in science contest and more local news

Read the latest business and community news from Chandler and Gilbert.

Abbie Jin knew she wanted to create her video for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge global science competition about something relevant. She just so happened to be making it as the coronavirus gripped the nation in the spring.
Hamilton High School senior named semifinalist in global science video contest

Abbie Jin knew she wanted to create her video for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge global science competition about something relevant. She just so happened to be making it as the coronavirus gripped the nation in the spring.

Gilbert Town Council will consider forming a community relations committee. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert may form committee to address racial issues and more popular area news

Read popular news from the past week from Gilbert and Chandler.

One in five children and adults have a learning disability, according to statistics from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Sept. 15 that Chandler drivers should expect closures on Loop 202 between I-10 and Loop 101 for pavement maintenance this weekend, according to a news release. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Loop 202 closures, restrictions planned between I-10 and Loop 101 through this weekend

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Sept. 15 that Chandler drivers should expect closures on Loop 202 between I-10 and Loop 101 for pavement maintenance this weekend, according to a news release.

Arches Climbing   Fitness is coming to Chandler. (Courtesy Arches Climbing   Fitness)
Arches Climbing + Fitness to come to Chandler

Arches Climbing + Fitness is coming to Chandler.

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler, Gilbert COVID-19 cases rise and more local news

Read the latest news from Gilbert and Chandler.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Chandler. (Community Impact staff)
State sees 1,281 COVID-19 cases Sept. 18, Chandler sees increase of 26 cases

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Chandler.

The city of Chandler will present findings of the community needs survey for the city's parks master plan at a virtual meeting Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler to present parks needs assessment at virtual community meeting Sept. 15

The city of Chandler will present findings of the community needs survey for the city's parks master plan at a virtual meeting Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

Chandler USD has been open to students receiving on-site support since August, but on Sept. 14, hundreds of students in kindergarten and first and second grades will take their places at their desks and in their brick-and-mortar schools for the first time since March. (Community Impact staff)
Chandler USD students will return to campuses next week. Here are the health and safety precautions the district is taking.

Chandler USD has been open to students receiving on-site support since August, but on Sept. 14, hundreds of students in kindergarten and first and second grades will take their places at their desks and in their brick-and-mortar schools for the first time since March.