Baton Rouge General expresses the need of blood during pandemic

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- As coronavirus cases increase the need of blood is also increasing, according to Baton Rouge General hospital.

Tre’ Nelson with Baton Rouge General says a lot of people did not donate in the year 2020 since some blood drives were cancelled. Also, patients were shy to visit the doctors office for checkups due to the risk of contracting the virus. However, now people are back in hospitals which creates a high demand of blood.

“Right now It’s very important to donate because you have a lot of people finally coming back and feeling comfortable going back into hospitals. You have a lot of surgeries happening, a lot of screening and things that require good amounts of blood,” Nelson said.

Baton Rouge General hosted a blood drive in partnership with LifeShare on Jan. 9. They say donating blood may look different, but it is safe.

“All the blood donations are being tested for anti-bodies,” Nelson said.

“We’re making sure everyone is safe and social distancing and we have a wait list,” Marlee Pittman, Mid City Redevelopment said.

Donor James Hoss is blood type O. He says he understands the need to donate and encourages others to do the same.

“You never know when you’re going to need it and be a beneficiary of it. So it is always about paying forward,” he said.

Nelson says the need for blood will always be important, but especially during a global pandemic.

“It’s very important to donate blood right now, any donation makes a huge difference,” Nelson said.

More information on donating blood with LifeShare is available here.

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