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PNC Arena hosting blood drive as COVID-19 concerns lead to blood donation ‘national emergency’: CBS17 (NC)
UNC REX and WakeMed are partnering with The Blood Connection (TBC) to host a blood drive at PNC Arena in hopes of avoiding a blood shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Right now almost everything is closed and everyone is staying home to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is great for flattening the curve, but not so great for centers devoted to collecting blood donations.
More than 1,000 people have signed up for an emergency blood drive being held at PNC Arena on Thursday to help meet the need for donors and blood during the coronavirus pandemic.
Staying home may be the best way to stem the spread of coronavirus, but hospitals and blood banks are hoping people will come out at least once for a big blood drive.
As the coronavirus spreads throughout the nation, blood donations are down in the Upstate.
Many of us are asking the question: How can we help during the coronavirus outbreak?
Places where blood drives are usually held – schools and large businesses – have been shut down or are operating with limited staff as people have been told to stay home. On-site centers such as The Blood Connection in Spartanburg have been adversely affected.
With recent recommendations to cancel events and to social distance, blood drives across America have seen cancellations. That means there’s a lack of donations.
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