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Blood Bank of Delmarva needs donors during coronavirus outbreak

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Blood Bank of Delmarva employees sanitize equipment between donors.

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is issuing an urgent call for donors in order to maintain its supply of blood during the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the outbreak, the blood drives the organization relies on have been canceled.

“Around 40 percent of our incoming blood supply was interrupted when schools, businesses and religious institutions closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. In response, we’ve increased capacity at our donor centers by extending hours and opening for extra days each week,” Christopher D. Hillyer, President and CEO of Blood Bank of Delmarva, said in a prepared statement.

The blood bank is located at 100 Hygeia Dr. near Newark and also has locations in Dover, Chadds Ford, Pa., and Salisbury, Md. Donors can schedule appointments by calling 1-888-825-6638 or visiting www.delmarvablood.org/coronavirus.

The blood bank disinfects its sites frequently, and employees are doing health self-assessments before coming to work.

In order to protect staff, healthy blood donors and the community blood supply, people must avoid donor centers if they are experiencing a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), have had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 28 days after their illness has resolved.

The blood bank does not test for COVID-19.

Resources for Marylanders and employees during COVID-19

SBDC Webinar - Topics: EIDL and CARES (PPP) COVID 19 Loans

Monday 4/6/2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Space is Limited ~ You Must Register: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16175

Please RSVP with a valid email. After registering, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link to join online, or you can join via the dial-in number. This webinar will be recorded and shared, and if space fills up, additional dates will be added.

Daily SBA Conference Call – Updates (M-F) provided and you can ask questions.

3:00 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626

5:30 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 310-688-488

EIDL Application Help – Daily 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. On the call, an SBA agent will walk you through how to fill out the EIDL form. Have all your necessary documents ready. Zoom Meeting # 6794772946

Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL) FAQ - 

bit.ly/PPPL_FAQs

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

Main Maryland Business Information Site for COVID 19 updates and resources - https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business