URGENT/CRITICAL NEED for O NEGATIVE, O Positive and A Positive Red Blood Cell Donations, as well as AB plasma donations and platelets from all blood types - Winter storms and high volumes of transfusions for trauma and other treatments have depleted supplies of many types to less than 3-day supply. We urgently need donors of all types to continue to give regularly. Donate now and help spread the word! Click HERE to learn more about our Coronavirus Pandemic Response and Blood Donation.

Published by Kirby Winn on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in Blog

“It’s time. We need you now more than ever.”

With COVID-19 infection rates on the rise, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is seeing an increase in cancelled appointments. Many cancellations are due to the donor awaiting test results or in quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. “Staying home is great for preventing the spread of COVID-19, but it’s a bad thing for the blood supply,” says Amanda Hess, Director, Donor and Public Relations. “We are hearing that feedback from our donors more now than at the beginning of the pandemic.” The solution, Hess says, is for new donors to step forward. “If you are healthy and eligible to give blood, we’re asking you to come out now. It’s time. We need you now more than ever.”

Hear more from Amanda Hess in this interview with Kirby Winn, Manager, Public Relations. Their conversation covers donor safety during the pandemic, concerns about the blood supply in the upcoming holiday season, the increasing use of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, and the Blood Center’s need to recruit new donors who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.


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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Central Illinois Community Blood Center, and Community Blood Services of Illinois. He enjoys working with media to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers w

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