Collecting and distributing blood during this time is critically important. Blood services, blood drives and the blood supply chain are considered essential services and must continue to help save lives.

Following the “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order announced today by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, it is critically important for people to know they are still encouraged to donate blood.

Like a hospital, grocery store, or pharmacy, a blood drive is essential to ensuring the health of the community, and the Red Cross will continue to hold blood drives during this challenging time and you are encouraged to keep your blood donation appointment or schedule one.

In fact, the U.S. surgeon general has said, “You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

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