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Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage

Locations in Douglas County will host blood drives starting Friday, Sept. 29

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The American Red Cross says a sharp drop in blood donations has caused an emergency blood shortage, and it is asking donors of all blood types – especially type O – to donate.

Its inventory is at its lowest level since 2015, with less than a day's supply of certain blood types in recent weeks.

As an incentive to donate, it is offering several rewards, including T-shirts, haircuts, restaurant food and gift cards.

A return to the workplace and in-person learning, as well as a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country caused blood donor participation to drop by 10%, despite steady demand for blood products, the nonprofit said.

To schedule an appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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Upcoming blood drives in Douglas County:

Alexandria

  • Friday, Oct. 1: 1-6:30 p.m., Alexandria Area YMCA, 110 Karl Drive

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5: 10 a.m. -4 p.m., Ollie's Service, 111 Donna Ave.

  • Friday, Oct. 15: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Viking Plaza, 3015 Highway 29 S

Evansville

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12: 12-6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 526 State St.
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