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Regional Blood Bank Says Supply Is Critically Low

Mark Smith
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Bloodworks NW

Citing a less than 24-hour supply in their inventory, Bloodworks Northwest has declared a “Code Red” alert.  

Administrators are urging people to visit their website to sign up for blood donation, adding that types O and A are in critically short supply. They also say there’s no waiting period to give blood after getting a COVID-19 shot, and add that the rate of no-shows is at its worst since the pandemic began. 

A Bloodworks administrator says they’re advising hospitals in Oregon and Washington to conserve blood, as daily needs have been 10 to 18 percent above average.  

Because of the pandemic, drop-ins aren’t possible, but same-day appointments are. All blood donation sites observe COVID-19 protocols. 

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.