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All blood types needed as coronavirus restrictions lift

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 13:26:20-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Currently all blood types are badly needed.

"One donation can save up to three lives, so whether that is a cancer patient going through treatment, someone who has been in a bad accident, your donation can help save up to three people," said Red Cross Regional Communication Director, Josh Murray.

Due to COVID-19 a lot of blood drives were canceled. With restrictions loosening up, surgeries are back on.

For those that showed up to donate, they said the giving of a little bit of their time is worth it.

"There is a lot of suffering out there in the world today, and this is something that I can do," said Tom Sidelik. "I don't have a lot of money so this is something that I can do."

Appointments are spaced out to keep the crowds at a minimum, and all staff are required to wear face masks.

Our sponsored blood drive was yesterday, but you are still encouraged to donate.

Visit the Red Cross website for info on how to donate.

A KMTV sponsored blood donation event on Monday yielded 253 blood donations - 69 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs and 184 at Baxter Arena in Omaha.