By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is sounding the alarm, announcing earlier this week that the state is suffering from “severe” anemia due to COVID-19.
The pandemic has resulted in fewer people being able or willing to donate blood.
Healthcare systems say they rely on regular donations to provide life-saving surgeries and treatments for patients, many of whom need blood transfusions.
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The shortfall follows a general national trend of reduced donations during the pandemic.
There are five main places Pennsylvanians can go to donate blood or find resources at the location closest to them: American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region, Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, Community Blood Bank of Northwest PA and Western NY, Miller- Keystone Blood Center and Vitalant Enthusiasm.
You must be 16 years of age or older, weigh 120 pounds, and be in general good health to donate.
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