Feb 23, 2021
Recent Winter Weather Leads To Fewer Blood Donations; Red Cross Asking For More Donors
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TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland has administered more than 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines, including more than 200,000 in the last week, but the fight is ongoing in another department of life-saving practices.
Kurt Luthie, the Executive Director of the Montgomery Howard Frederick Chapter of the Red Cross, said the recent extreme winter weather is cause for major alarm.READ MORE: Feature Film About Baltimore Jazz Singer Billie Holiday To Debut On Hulu
“In the last month, we’ve lost about 15,000 potential donations, and we need to make that up,” Luthie said.
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“If you do have those antibodies, we can pull out the plasma and use that for convalescent plasma to help other people who are suffering from COVID-19 in a more severe way,” Luthie said.READ MORE: Maryland National Guard Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead Works To Make Sure COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Is Equitable
Bob Barroll is one of those important donors.
“They’re great here. No pain and it’s easy. I recommend everybody do it,” Barroll, a Towson resident, said.
“It’s something easy you can do that helps somebody else out that doesn’t really hurt you in any way to do anything,” he added.
With the state positivity rate below 4% for the first time since October, Maryland is in a race to get back on track. The Red Cross is trying to do the same.
There are blood donation opportunities at several locations across the state through March 15.MORE NEWS: How M&T Bank Stadium Turned Into A COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site In 18 Days
For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
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India and Pakistan Militaries Agree to Stop Cross Border Firing in Kashmir
The military operational heads of the two countries spoke over telephone and agreed to discuss each other's concerns that could disturb peace and lead to violence in the Himalayan region, a joint statement said.
(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal in New Delhi; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)
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