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Community blood supply reaches critically low levels Fully recovered COVID patients also urged to donate

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. – Patient well-being is at risk as LifeStream Blood Bank has reached critically low levels of blood supply, putting cancer and surgical patients; accident victims and newborn babies at risk of procedures being canceled due to lack of blood.

“The situation is extremely serious,” said Rick Axelrod, MD, LifeStream’s president, CEO and medical director. “We are very, very low on all blood types; surgeons can only do so much without an ample blood supply. On behalf of patients they assist, I implore the community to come forward and help.”

Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome at all locations. Donors must be at least 15 years of age (15- and 16-year-olds require a signed parental consent form; the form is available at all LifeStream locations) weigh at least 115 pounds, present current photo ID, and be in good health.

To locate the nearest LifeStream collection site including convenient mobile blood drives, go to LStream.org or call 800-879-4484.

Those who have fully recovered from COVID-19 also are urged to give blood. Such donors can help the blood supply now, and subsequently learn whether they can make a future plasma donation to potentially help present-day COVID-19 patients.

All donors must wear a face covering (mask/coverings with one-way valves to filter outside air are not sufficient), submit to a temperature check and verbal COVID-19 symptom review before being admitted to the donor waiting area. LifeStream adheres to social distancing guidelines and has enhanced already strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

All donations are tested for presence of COVID-19 antibodies in the plasma, which can tell a donor if he/she could make a future plasma donation to potentially assist a current COVID-19 patient.

For more information, call 800-879-4484.

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