New York City Issues Urgent Call For Blood Donations

The New York Daily News reports:

With the city’s blood banks facing dire shortages during the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor de Blasio called on New Yorkers to lend some lifesaving liquid. “Right now, we have a challenge with our blood supply,” he said at a Sunday press conference. “We need to address it.

The plea came after the Daily News reported Friday that the NY Blood Center only had enough blood to last one or two days. The facility supplies all of New York City’s public hospitals, along with nearly 200 private hospitals throughout the state and in parts of New Jersey.

The main problem is that blood drives have almost completely ceased during the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, the coronavirus shutdown has led to the cancellation of more than a thousand drives sponsored by the NY Blood Center.