PALATINE— Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, fewer are donating blood and now there is an urgent call for help. Blood collections are down by 60% as blood drives across the state have been canceled.
State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) recently participated in a press conference to urge healthy residents to consider donating blood.
“There’s still a vital need for healthy donors to donate,” said Rep. Morrison. “I have heard from many constituents who want to do something, who want to help, and this is a lifesaving way that we call can pitch in.”
The FDA stresses that donating blood is a safe process that occurs in a highly regulated sterile environment, and blood collection staff is taking additional cleaning precautions.
Illinois residents can visit vitalant.org to find locations nearest them and to make an appointment.