Blood donations urgently needed

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Foothills Focus Executive Editor

Vitalant has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Shelter-in-place orders led to 566 blood drives canceled since early March in Arizona alone, resulting in a loss of more than 17,000 uncollected blood donations. That, coupled with a resumption of surgeries and other medical procedures as stay-at-home restrictions were lifted, caused a 25% increase in the need for blood during the past several weeks. All blood types are critically needed right now, with an especially high need for types O-positive, O-negative, A-negative and B-negative red blood cells.

Donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible at or 1-877-25-VITAL (1-877-258-4825).

Donations can be made at various drives around town, including one held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Scottsdale Bible

Church, North Ridge,

6464 E. Dynamite Boulevard,

Cave Creek.