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Bay Area Blood Banks Suffering Shortages of 'Type O Negative' Blood Due to Winter Storms

Donors are asked to make appointments to visit their local blood banks.

Photo Credit: Morguefile
Photo Credit: Morguefile
By Bay City News—

Blood Centers of the Pacific officials said this week that bad weather across the country and heavy use at local hospitals are creating a critical blood shortage in the Bay Area.

While the Bay Area normally imports around 30 percent of its blood from outside the state, other areas have been unable to share recently due to heavy winter storms, spokeswoman Lisa Bloch said.

There is a particular shortage of type O negative blood, known as the "universal donor type," which can be given to anyone in an emergency, Bloch said. As of Wednesday, Blood Centers of the Pacific, the region's largest blood center, had only around one-third the amount of type O negative it needs to serve local hospitals, Bloch said.

Those who want to give blood should go to www.bloodheroes.com to make an appointment.

Patch and the City of Dublin recently hosted a blood drive with the Red Cross to help increase the supply in the Bay Area. 

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