PHOENIX — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused numerous much-needed blood drives to be canceled and that has left hospitals facing a blood shortage.
To help reverse the trend, the Phoenix Suns offered up its arena, a vital move in helping get blood supply back.
The Phoenix Suns Arena offers plenty of room to serve a lot of socially distant donors. Unfortunately, such spaces are in limited supply.
Sue Thew of Vitalant said, “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve lost over 25,000 blood donations due to school and business closures as well as organizations that don’t have space to socially distance.”
According to Thew, there is another factor driving down the blood supply: There has been a big push to collect convalescent plasma with COVID-19 antibodies, which has made more traditional blood donations a bit of an afterthought.
“We still have surgery patients, accident victims, children with blood disorders and cancer patients that all require lifesaving blood transfusions,” she said.
If you are interested head to Vitalant's website. You might just win the chance to tour your favorite Arizona team’s stadium and win a couple of tickets.