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Supply Of Blood Is Low Because Of Bad Weather, Holidays

Lane Blood Center

The combination of winter weather and holidays means a shortage for blood banks in the northwest.  The Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors because of a nationwide scarcity.

Casey Zerbe with Lane Blood Center in Eugene says their inventory had been recovering from the slowdown during the holidays when the snowstorm hit today [Wednesday]. That meant many of their regular donors were not able to come in.
“We always want everyone to be safe. But if you are able to come in we are seeking O-positive at this time.”
Zerbe says those who are able to come to the blood center or one of their bloodmobiles are encouraged to do so.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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