Daybreak Interview: COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on blood donations

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to close, canceled events and changed how we live our everyday lives. The American Red Cross is feeling the impact with the lack of blood donors.

Ronnika McFall, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, spoke to 41NBC Anchor Amanada Corna via Skype about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting blood donations in Georgia and why people should donate now.

To find a blood drive in your area, visit redcrossblood.org and enter your zip code, you can download the Red Cross’ blood donor app, or call 1-800-Red Cross.

Click on the video to see what McFall had to say.

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Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.