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O My...Blood Banks Are Strapped For Specific Type Of Blood

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If your blood type is “O”, then a regional blood bank wants YOU.

Mark Smith is a business development representative with Bloodworks Northwest.  He says they generally need about a thousand units of blood a day to keep hospitals stocked.

“Currently right now, we are experiencing an urgent need for O type of blood. So that would be O negative or O positive.  That blood type represents about 43 percent of all blood types. So it’s a large chunk of blood percentage wise, that is needed.”

Smith says Type O donors can go to the Bloodworks Northwest website to find their nearest blood drive and schedule an appointment.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk-ins aren’t allowed, currently.

Appointments can be made here:  www.bloodworksnw.org/

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