GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Amidst COVID-19, the Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations, and on Thursday and Friday, those who are healthy in Central New York have a big chance to help out.
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the New York State Fairgrounds after the organization has seen an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations. The drive runs from 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the Expo Center.
The Red Cross will also hold a blood drive in April.
The organization says that donating blood remains safe and that it has put in place additional safety precautions. The organization will not take blood from individuals who have traveled to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, Italy, or South Korea in the last 28 days, or anyone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus, or directly exposed to someone who may have coronavirus.
For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for a full schedule of upcoming drives and to schedule an appointment.