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Coronavirus: Red Cross Reports Critical Blood Shortage, Major Need For Donations

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to multiple blood drive cancellations brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

A man gives blood as he sits inside a mobile blood donation truck on March 18, 2020 in the village of Afa close from capital Ajaccio on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. - Residents in the village of Afa are still visiting the blood donation truck which travels from village to village along the southern coast, although cases on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, have been recorded on the island. On March 17, 2020, afternoon, Corsica had 145 Covid-19 positive cases including 24 in Haute-Corse and 121 in Corse-du-Sud, according to the latest report from the Regional Health Agency. The epidemic has left seven people dead on the island. (Photo by Pascal POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP) (Photo by PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP via Getty Images)

The Red Cross pleaded that "healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood."

Dr. Christina Ghaly, health services director for the L.A. County Health Agency, said Wednesday that supplies nationwide are "critically low." She said there is no clinical evidence that the coronavirus can be spread through the blood.

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Cedars-Sinai Hospital was holding a blood drive Thursday from 9:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in its mobile blood unit behind 127 S. San Vicente Blvd, near its hospital.

The union representing Orange County deputy sheriffs was also holding a blood drive Thursday at their headquarters in Santa Ana, located at 1600 N. Main St.

As of Thursday, people looking to donate could not make an appointment on the Red Cross website, but instead how to call 1-800-733-2767 or download the Red Cross app.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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