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Blood supply levels hit lowest in six years

The Red Cross has been at emergency levels of available blood for over three weeks now
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 4:24 PM MDT
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Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The American Red Cross has the lowest post-summer blood supply in six years. Now, it is declaring an emergency need for donors after low turnout to begin the typically busy fall.

The universal blood type, O-negative, is at critically low levels with just a half-day supply readily available. The Red Cross strives to have at least a five-day supply of O-negative blood on hand.

The Red Cross has been at emergency levels of available blood for over three weeks now and is pleading with the public to help.

“Nationwide, we need to collect about 10,000 more units of blood a week over the next month to get our inventory where it needs to be,” said Matthew Ochsner of the American Red Cross. “It’s a pretty urgent, pretty serious need right now,” he continued.

Throughout the month of October, the Red Cross is offering $5 gift cards as an incentive for donating but Ochsner says the best incentive is the three lives you can save each time you donate.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct.16-31

BLAINE

Hailey

10/29/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road

Ketchum

10/30/2021: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wood River Community YMCA, 101 Saddle Road

CASSIA

Burley

10/19/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Burley LDS Stake Center, 2050 Normal Ave.

10/20/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., View LDS Church, 554 S. 490 E.

10/22/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Impact Athletic, 1150 E 16th St.

10/26/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hampton Inn Burley, 560 Hampton Drive

TWIN FALLS

Twin Falls

10/20/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., La Quinta Inn, 539 Pole Line Road

10/21/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Amazing Grace Fellowship, 1061 Eastland Drive N.

10/22/2021: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., XrossWay Fitness, 1385 Parkview Drive #102

10/23/2021: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Twin Falls Reformed Church, 1631 Grandview Drive N.

10/28/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., La Quinta Inn, 539 Pole Line Road

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