The American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus rise in the U.S.
Cold and flu season has already impacted the nation’s ability to maintain its blood supply.
As the number of coronavirus cases grows in the U.S., the number of people eligible to give blood for patients in need could decrease further.
The Red Cross provides blood to more than 2,500 hospitals across the country, including 40 hospitals in Central Ohio.
There will be two blood drives in Hardin County on Monday March 23.
One is in Ada from 11:30am to 5:30pm at Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
The other is in Kenton from noon until 6 at the Kenton Moose Lodge.
A blood drive will also take place on Thursday March 26 from 10am to 4pm in McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.
Also, blood will be collected on Monday March 30 from noon until 6 at First Baptist Church in Kenton.