The blood banks that supply all of New York City’s public hospitals, as well as nearly 200 private hospitals across the state and in parts of New Jersey, only have the resources to supply another day or two of a person responsible for the center the “New York Daily News” attentively.
The pandemic in the state, the country’s first coronavirus epicenter – 340,000 cases and 22,300 deaths – seems to have subsided in the past few days, but the danger is not over yet, especially for those inmates who desperately need the blood from these banks, not to mention thousands of others who are affected by unrelated diseases.
“In my 27 years, I have never seen our blood supply so low,” said Andrea Cefarelli, managing director of the center’s donation services.
The main problem is that blood donations were almost completely stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. The restriction started in March has resulted in the abolition of more than 1,000 initiatives sponsored by the New York Blood Center and covering all five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, the Hudson Valley and parts of New Jersey.