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Coronavirus Intensifies Michigan Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross said the nation is facing a severe blood shortage.  The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of thousands of blood drives across the country.

Nationwide, the Red Cross has cancelled 2,700  blood drives in the wake of the U-S coronavirus outbreak.  In Michigan, that amounts to about 5,100 fewer individual blood donations.

Spokesman Todd Kulman with the American Red Cross of Michigan said people should not be afraid to schedule their donation online.

“There is no evidence and there are no reported cases of the coronavirus or really any respiratory virus that has been transmitted by a blood transfusion.”

Kulman said cancellations are expected to increase, which could impact the availability of blood for car accident victims or people requiring surgery.

You can schedule a blood donation online at https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app.

Kevin Lavery has been news director at WKAR since September 2006.