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State Rep. Mason encourages healthy residents to make blood donations

GURNEE – State Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is urging community members to consider donating blood.

The increased need for donations comes after widespread cancellations of blood drives amid coronavirus concerns.

“Social distancing is one of the most effective methods we can use to flatten the curve, but it can also have some unintended consequences. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a sharp decrease in blood donations due to blood drives being canceled. While it’s reassuring to see so many Illinoisans heeding advice to stay home, it’s important to continue supporting critically essential health services like blood banks,” Mason said in a news release.

The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers reports blood donations in Illinois have dropped 60% in recent weeks. According to the American Red Cross, about 36,000 units of blood are used in medical procedures throughout the U.S. each day. For information, contact Mason’s office at 847-485-9986 or

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