Pandemic causing critical blood supply shortage in Philadelphia, says health dept.

Acting health commissioner calls the low blood supplies potentially disastrous situation

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's top doctor is issuing a plea to alleviate what she calls "a potentially disastrous situation unfolding in our region."

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said there is a critical blood supply shortage in Philadelphia, and the pandemic has played a big part in the crisis.

“Because of COVID, places that would normally hold blood drives haven’t been holding them. And because of COVID, people who normally donate blood haven’t been donating," Bettigole said during the city's COVID-19 briefing Wednesday.

The American Red Cross recently put out an urgent call for blood donors nationwide, saying they're experiencing the lowest blood supply in six years.

She says the low blood supply is a very dangerous situation for those undergoing surgery or in need of transfusions, which could be any of us.

"Please donate blood. It’s quick, it’s almost completely painless and it will save lives,” Bettigole said in asking the public to roll up their sleeves.

Find a Red Cross donation center near you on its website.

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