The coronavirus pandemic has had massive ripple effects throughout the entire medical industry worldwide. Aside from shortages of masks and other protective gear, many areas are now experiencing severe blood shortages due to many blood drive events being cancelled. Even when a pandemic causes cities to lock down or shut down, emergencies happen and blood supplies are necessary. To help relieve current blood shortages, the Red Cross is calling on healthy individuals to donate in this time of need. In response, Houston’s Lakewood Church has announced an emergency blood drive starting Monday, March 23.
The blood drive at Lakewood Church will begin on March 23 and last through March 27. Anyone interested in donating blood can do so between 9 am and 6 pm. Interested donors can find out more during drive-up appointments. Appointments are offered in 15-minute blocks and are already filling up fast.
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on hand to administer the blood drive with their state-of-the-art mobile blood donation buses. All personnel involved with the blood drive will adhere strictly to new heightened CDC recommendations in regards to sanitation and safety to ensure that blood donation is safe and clean for all.
Houston’s coronavirus cases are still relatively low compared to other areas, with only 183 confirmed cases, 2 deaths, and 19 recoveries reported as of Monday, March 23. Still, those numbers are expected to grow drastically over the next few weeks, making blood donation more important than ever before hospital systems become overwhelmed with cases. With blood supplies currently low, the shortage could affect patients who undergo surgeries, those involved in trauma emergencies like car accidents, cancer patients, and more.
Lakewood Church is located at 3700 Southwest Freeway, Houston 77027. For more information on the blood drive and how to register, visit Lakewood Church’s website or the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center website.