HAMILTON, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes has issued a plea to residents to help address the severe blood shortage caused by cancelations of blood drives during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Since giving blood is considered an essential community service, residents are permitted to leave their homes to donate.

Hughes said the blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents, and other emergencies, or patients fighting cancer, the Red Cross reports.

“We need to take care of one another, and one way to do that during this public health emergency is by making a blood donation,” Mercer County Brian M. Hughes said. “If you’re healthy and eligible to donate, please consider giving blood.”

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In partnership with the American Red Cross, The Hamilton Area YMCA is hosting a Blood Drive on Friday between 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the JKR branch located at 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton. 

The American Red Cross stresses that donating is a safe process, and has implemented extensive precautions to ensure the safety of donors and staff. The Red Cross is postponing blood donation for 28 days for individuals who have traveled to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, were diagnosed with COVID-19, or had contact with a person who has the virus or is suspected to have it.  

To schedule a blood donation, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Signing up specifically at the Hamilton Area YMCA can be done by clicking here.  

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