NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations, after receiving an estimated 250,000 fewer donations amid canceled blood drives and coronavirus concerns.
The U.S. Surgeon General says it is still safe to donate blood and he is worried about blood shortages in the future.
The Red Cross says they have added extra additional precautions at blood drives to keep donors safe and are asking people to schedule appointments to donate blood.
Appointments can be made by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. They have also added the following blood drives, in partnership with the Nashville Predators.
Nashville Predators Blood Drive*
4/1/2020: noon – 7 p.m.
Location 1: Hilton Brentwood Nashville Suites, 9000 Overlook Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027
Location 2: Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt Hotel, 2613 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
* All presenting donors who pre-schedule an appointment will receive to give blood at one of the Nashville Predators Blood Drive locations will receive a $20 gift card to the Preds Team Store, while supplies last.
Hilton Brentwood Nashville Suites, 9000 Overlook Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027
3/31/2020: 1-7 p.m.
4/2/2020: 2-7 p.m.
4/8/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4/9/2020: 1-7 p.m.
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Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.
High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.
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