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With snow storms and freezing temperatures, the region is experiencing a severe strain on the blood supply. Since last March, Blood Bank of Delmarva has suffered from a chronic deficit in blood donations as nearly all high schools, colleges, offices, and other community groups have had to cancel their blood drives. The winter weather has made collecting blood even more difficult amid the pandemic. BBD’s inventory of O positive and B positive red blood cells is especially low.

Kendra Lichniak donates platelets on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Salisbury Donor Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

“Winters are typically a difficult time of the year for blood collections, however this winter has been extraordinarily hard with the COVID-19 pandemic and record snowfall keeping folks indoors,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director of Donor Recruitment and Marketing at Blood Bank of Delmarva. “Our community always comes together for each other and right now we need your help to replenish the blood supply. Please make an appointment to donate – you could be saving a life.”

Through the month of February, Blood Bank of Delmarva is giving blood donors the chance to get free antibody testing at any of BBD’s 4 fixed donor centers and all mobile drives throughout the area.

We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here.

Donations are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visiting www.delmarvablood.org.