MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — The Blood Connection in Myrtle Beach hosted an emergency press conference Wednesday morning with their local hospital partners Grand Strand Medical Center and Conway Medical Center.
After several weeks of historically low donor turnout, the blood center is in need of donations.
Hospitals are seeing a higher need for blood due to an increase in trauma cases and elective surgeries that had been delayed due to COVID.
Surgeries and treatments might have to be delayed even longer if the shortage continues.
"We're strongly urging this community to come out and be a part of the solution, for the sake of your neighbors, your family, people you will never meet, who will need it," President and CEO Delisa English said.
According to the Chief Medical Officer at Grand Strand Medical Center, someone in the country needs blood every two seconds.