Blood Bank hit by headwinds that include Omicron-related cancellations and low turnout of donors


On National Blood Donor Month, the Blood Bank of Delmarva continues to call for more donors.

The region’s blood supply continues to be threatened by low donor turnout and blood drive cancellations due to surging levels of Omicron cases.

Schools that reinstated student blood drives are once again canceling, continuing the dramatic decline in youth and first-time donors.

Before the pandemic, 25 percent of annual blood donations were made at high schools and colleges. However, a release stated that a return to remote learning is making it nearly impossible for a commitment to host drives.

Winter is a challenging time for the blood supply, as holiday plans and travel make donating blood a lower priority, and winter weather can lead to blood drive cancellations.

“A strong blood supply is essential and can be threatened at any time with emergencies such as the unprecedented snow storm our region saw this past Monday, which caused blood drive cancellations,” said Patty Killeen, senior executive Director at BBD.

Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here. Donors can schedule appointments by calling 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visiting

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