TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland has administered greater than 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines, together with greater than 200,000 within the final week, however the combat is ongoing in one other division of life-saving practices.
Kurt Luthie, the Govt Director of the Montgomery Howard Frederick Chapter of the Purple Cross, mentioned the current excessive winter climate is trigger for main alarm.
“Within the final month, we’ve misplaced about 15,000 potential donations, and we have to make that up,” Luthie mentioned.
Which means fewer blood merchandise obtainable for emergencies throughout the state of Maryland, however particularly in the course of the pandemic when antibodies are registered in the event you’ve had COVID-19.
“Should you do have these antibodies, we will pull out the plasma and use that for convalescent plasma to assist different people who find themselves affected by COVID-19 in a extra extreme means,” Luthie mentioned.
Bob Barroll is a type of necessary donors.
“They’re nice right here. No ache and it’s simple. I like to recommend all people do it,” Barroll, a Towson resident, mentioned.
“It’s one thing simple you are able to do that helps any person else out that doesn’t actually damage you in any strategy to do something,” he added.
With the state positivity charge under 4% for the primary time since October, Maryland is in a race to get again on observe. The Purple Cross is attempting to do the identical.