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Donors show up to donate blood, UMMC holding three-day drive

Posted: 6:56 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 18:56:09-04
Blood donation agencies asking donors to fill the gap left by canceled blood drives during pandemic

BALTIMORE — Currently, there’s an unprecedented blood shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing, many blood drives have been canceled.

On Wednesday, the University of Maryland Medical Center kicked off its three-day blood drive at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Dozens of people showed up to donate and organizers said slots filled up in 24 hours.

"We were really excited actually because when we put this out just Monday, just two days ago. We really weren’t sure what the response would be, but the community has just been wonderful."

It is safe to donate blood if you are healthy during the pandemic.

The American Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of donors and staff.