FALMOUTH, MA — Over the past few months, blood center inventories have fallen to their lowest levels since before the coronavirus pandemic. Cape Cod Healthcare officials said nationwide, blood centers have experienced a significant drop in donations which is limiting the ability for the overall blood supply to be adequately replenished.
Locally, health officials said the Cape Cod Healthcare blood program is experiencing the same challenge as the organization transitions back to a new normal.
Hospital officials said they need at least one week's worth of blood on hand at all times, since each unit collected or purchased only lasts 42 days.
If you'd like to help replenish the supply, please consider taking part in one of the following blood drives:
October 1: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Bass River Rod & Gun Club, 621 Route 6A, Yarmouthport
October 5: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Grace Chapel Assembly of God, 25 Lieutenant Island Rd, Wellfleet
October 9: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sandwich Masonic Lodge, 175 Main Street, Sandwich
October 13: 12 noon – 6 p.m., Chatham Works, 323 Orleans Rd, N. Chatham
October 14: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Barnstable Police Community Blood Drive at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, 1225 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis
October 15: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth
October 19: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Christ the King Church, 3 Jobs Fishing Rd, Mashpee
October 20: 9 a.m. – 3p.m., Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak Street, Harwich
October 26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Orleans Police Station, 99 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans
October 27: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth
October 28: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eastham Library, 190 Samoset Rd, Eastham
October 30: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cape Cod 5 Community Blood Drive at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, 1225 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis