In partnership with Mayor James Davis, New Jersey Blood Services will host a community blood drive in Bayonne on Tuesday, June 23. Residents can donate much-needed blood from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bayonne Museum at 229 Broadway.
The NY Blood Center has been collecting plasma to use in COVID-19 patients for convalescent plasma therapy to treat the virus, having helped over 10,000 patients so far.
Over the same period, the center was only collecting blood in their own donor centers in New York and New Jersey, for the safety of both staff and donors.
According to New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, the supply of plasma during COVID-19 was adequate considering the reduction in the number of surgeries and accidents.
Need is now urgent
But now, NJ Blood Services said they desperately need to restart community blood drives to meet the other needs of hospitals, besides COVID-19 patients. The situation is urgent at this time because the usual spring buildup of the blood supply did not happen, considering the closures and stay-at-home order.
NJ Blood Services asks that donors wear masks and make appointments to help control the number of donors in the space at one time. To make an appointment, residents can go online to schedule an appointment at: www.Tinyurl.com/GiveBloodNJBS
Residents should use sponsor code 70813 to make an appointment.
Walk-ins are discouraged and will only be accepted if the flow allows and social distancing can be maintained.
For additional information, call Rosana Tabacki at 917-699-9073.
Donor temperatures will be taken prior to being allowed to start the donation process. Residents area asked to bring a photo ID or a NY Blood Center donor card, as well as to eat before donating blood.
For eligibility requirements to donate, visit: www.nybloodcenter.org, https://www.nybc.org/donate-blood/become-donor/can-i-donate-blood/ or call NY Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566.
The goal is to collect 100 units of blood to be able to help 300 patients.
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