Red Cross declares first blood crisis amid historic shortage

UPDATE (January 11, 2022):

WASHINGTON D.C. (ADAMS) – The Red Cross is declaring the nation’s first-ever blood crisis.

A historic shortage is leaving hospitals empty as some blood centers are down to less than a day supply.

The pandemic has led to blood drives being canceled amid the COVID surge, only being made worse by winter storms and staffing issues. That means donations are at their lowest, dropping 34-percent last year. The Red Cross warns if this continues, some patients may not get the life-saving blood they need.

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ORIGINAL STORY (November 9, 2021):

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – There’s an emergency blood shortage in Central Indiana. The American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types but especially type O.

They are holding several blood drives in Indianapolis this month and also accept donations by appointment. Anyone who gives blood by November 23rd will get a $10 Amazon gift card.

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