Covid-19 Outbreak Causing Blood Shortages in Georgia


The Red Cross has reported a severe shortage in their blood donations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the outbreak, Georgia has had 166 blood drives canceled due to the outbreak causing 7,713 fewer blood donations. Patients count on life-saving blood, so the Red Cross is urging healthy people to please donate, stating they expect the “numbers of cancellations to continue to increase.” This critical blood shortage could prove fatal for trauma victims or patients who need blood during surgeries. There are and will be patients who need blood and need it immediately. Georgia’s blood shortage is very alarming for healthcare workers and patients who rely on this blood to save lives and help patients. Georgia is not the only state experiencing critical blood shortages. Dr. Robertson Davenport, director of Transfusion Medicine at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, stated, “I am looking at the refrigerator that contains only one day’s supply of blood for the hospital. “The Red Cross assures [donors] they are taking all precautions to protect people who donate from the corona-virus.” Governor Brian Kemp has joined the American Red Cross in encouraging Georgians to please donate. He assures that the Red Cross is taking every health protocol to stay safe from the virus and to protect their donors. If you are interested in donating blood, please go to to find a blood donation center near you.