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Wildfires, Travel, And Pandemic Ensure Blood In Demand For Foreseeable Future

Utah Reps

Throughout the pandemic, relief organizations have been pushing for blood donations.  With wildfire season and some travel picking up across the Pacific Northwest, the need remains steady.

Chad Carter is a spokesperson for the Cascades Region of the American Red Cross. He said they’ve seen generous donations of blood recently, so signing-up may require more advance planning than usual.

“We really encourage you to look 5, 7, even 14 days out," Carter told KLCC.  "Because the need for blood is constant, that does not change. So even if you’re having a challenge finding a blood drive in the immediate next couple of days, look a little bit into the future. Because your blood will be as important then as it is today.”

Carter said Red Cross blood drives are observing COVID-19 protocols such as face masks and routine disinfection of surfaces, to keep the process safe for everyone involved.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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