Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf has extended school closures through April 6th as the state continues to see an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 of roughly half again every day. Governor Wolf also issued shelter at home orders for the seven counties with 40 or more cases of the disease in hopes of preventing a more rapid spread. As of end of day yesterday there were 644 confirmed cases of the disease and six related deaths across the commonwealth.
The American Red Cross has cancelled over 6,000 blood drives nationwide which has resulted in 200,000 fewer donations since late February and creating a desperate need for blood in some areas, but with new procedures and precautions in place to protect the health and safety of donors and volunteers The Red Cross has planned four new blood drives in Northwestern Pennsylvania. These blood drives will be by appointment which you can schedule in one of four ways:
1. Visit RedCrossBlood.org, click on FIND BLOOD DRIVE, enter your postal code, pick a donation site and date near you, and follow the instructions on your screen.
2. Call (1-800)RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and schedule an appointment by phone.
3. Download and use the Red Cross Blood Donor App. on your smartphone.
4. Enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
New Blood Drives include:
Jesse Greer VFW in Franklin PA on March 26th from 1PM to 6PM
American Red Cross in Erie PA on March 27th from 1PM to 6PM
West Meade 2 VFD in Meadville PA on March 31st from 2PM to 7PM
Twelve Apostles Lutheran Church in Saegertown PA on March 31st from 1:30PM to 6:30PM