NCBB experiencing blood shortage due to COVID-19 surge

Due to the spread of the omicron variant, donors are not going out and donating blood.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Community Blood Bank is experiencing a blood shortage due to the recent COVID-19 surge.

Due to the spread of the Omicron variant, NCBB says donors are not going out and donating blood. NCBB is currently unable to hold blood drives at community centers, schools and places of worship due to the COVID-19 surge.

“Not only do community blood drives bring in desperately needed units of blood,” said Cheryl Warholoski, Nebraska director of operations, “it also helps local blood centers connect with first-time donors. Those first-timers are the ones we hope will go on to become lifelong donors, replacing older donors who for medical reasons may no longer be able to donate.”

Blood banks nationwide are also experiencing the same shortages as NCBB.

In the past, NCBB has experienced blood shortages in the winter months due to holiday travel, weather conditions and cold and flu season. NCBB says this year those factors have been amplified along with the omicron variant.

“Our highest priority is the health and safety of our donors and the patients who receive their blood,” said Warholoski. “Of course we want donors to stay home if they’re sick or if the weather prevents safe travel. We’re just desperately in need of other eligible donors to step up and close the loop on saving lives close to home.”

Interested donors can learn more about eligibility at NCBB.org. The staff at NCBB will be taking precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including requiring face masks and practicing health self-assessments before their shifts.

 

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