Assemblymember Salas Answers Health Officials Call to Donate Blood
BAKERSFIELD, CA – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), answered the call of local and nationwide health organizations to donate blood. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, blood donation appointments have been cancelled, creating a severe shortage of donated blood, which could jeopardize the lives of thousands of hospital patients in California.
“I know that our community in the Valley will rise to meet the occasion of these difficult times,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Our local hospitals are facing a huge shortage of blood donations. As a community, it is important that we work with one another and encourage our friends and family to donate blood so that we can save lives here in the Valley and throughout California.”
On Friday, Assemblymember Salas visited with health workers at the Houchin Community Blood bank in Bakersfield and donated blood.
Donation events that provide the Red Cross with a crucial supply of blood have been cancelled throughout the state due to college campuses closing and companies working from home. In Southern California alone, there have been 260 drives cancelled in just one week, resulting in an estimated 9,000 fewer donations of blood.
“Right now, there’s been a number of cancellations out of concern for the coronavirus, which is putting a strain on the blood supply,” said Christine Welch, communications manager for the Red Cross. “Blood drives are the only source of collecting blood for our hospital patients, so we need donors to come out and roll up their sleeves and help save lives.”
Local blood banks like the Houchin Community Blood Bank are remaining open and offer a sterile, safe environment for donors. Local officials are encouraging anyone who is healthy and eligible to donate blood to help with disaster response and to save lives in California.
You can find the closest blood drive to you by visiting the Red Cross website or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.