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South Texas Blood Supply At Risk Of Collapsing Due To The Coronavirus

Many San Antonian’s are taking extra precautions to protect themselves against Coronavirus, but Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other health officials say the need for blood donations in the city is critical to prevent secondary crisis.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center CEO Elizabeth Waltman addressed the public Saturday.

She said the city is seeing a ‘perfect storm’ develop, with several blood drives being canceled and blood donors refraining from coming in and donating due to fears of contracting the coronavirus.

She says if this continues, it could lead to a collapse in the South Texas blood supply. The center’s current blood inventory is a two-and-a-half-day supply, STBTC officials say.

Waltman said the community needs to act now and donate blood if they’re able. Donating blood in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is safe and in doing so, health officials say it can help prevent a secondary health crisis caused by the depleted blood supply.

If you feel safe and healthy enough to donate, check for locations and hours right here.

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