The blood supply in the United States is critically low, and the majority of the country’s blood centers are reporting significant declines in their blood collections. As Utah confronts new surges of COVID-19 cases, ARUP Blood Services is urging eligible individuals to make and keep an appointment to donate blood now.

Since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the national blood community has experienced unprecedented fluctuations in both supply and the need for blood. A variety of events — including wildfires in the western states, recent hurricanes, and other storms — have led to additional disruptions to the collection of blood, compounding the impact of locally canceled blood drives at schools, businesses, and community organizations due to remote work and closures. At the same time, the need for blood continues to increase as our local hospitals resume normal surgery schedules and more patients require blood.

The impact of COVID-19 as flu season approaches could further compound the challenges of maintaining a readily available blood supply for patients in need of life-saving treatments this fall and winter. Blood has a short shelf life and the supply must constantly be replenished. Blood donors are needed now and will continue to be needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply and to ensure patients have access to blood products throughout the remainder of 2020.

The blood community is grateful to the heroic volunteers who selflessly give blood during this pandemic. Although there are many uncertainties about the months ahead, one thing that remains constant is the need for blood. ARUP Blood Services adheres to the highest standards of safety and infection control, and donors are needed to help save lives.

ARUP Blood Services is asking all healthy, eligible individuals to make an appointment today and in the weeks and months ahead to donate.