Several Blood Drives Scheduled In Area Due To Severe Shortage

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JAMESTOWN – The American Red Cross is holding several blood drives this week to make up for shortages due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Jay Bonafede, with the Red Cross, says the shortage is caused by an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Bonafede explained that donating blood is a safe process. Furthermore, the Red Cross has taken steps to practice social distancing during the process.

On Thursday, a drive will take place at the Red Cross headquarters in Jamestown from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Blood drives at the Randolph and Ashville Fire Departments will takes place Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A full list of drives, and how residents are encouraged to help, is posted at


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