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Regional Blood Bank Says Supply Is Critically Low

Mark Smith
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 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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