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The region’s blood supply is dangerously low and donors are desperately needed

KANSAS CITY – Community Blood Center (CBC) today announces a blood shortage in the region, one year after the region was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before COVID-19, donors could stop by community blood drives at convenient locations like high schools, colleges, and offices. It has been one year since these groups had to cancel their blood drives due to COVID-19 and few have been able to resume these life-saving events.

CBC currently has a just over a 4-day supply of blood, which is well below what is needed by area hospitals. The Kansas City metro’s healthcare system requires nearly 600 donations each day to treat patients ranging from trauma victims to newborn babies and their mothers to cancer patients. Donors with type O and type B blood are especially needed as CBC currently has less than a 3-day supply of these blood types. 

“With thousands getting vaccinated each day, we are thrilled to watch our state recover from this catastrophic year,” said Kim Peck, Senior Executive Director of Community Blood Center. “As Kansas City bounces back this spring, we need everyone to make an appointment and donate blood to help save lives. While the end of the pandemic is near, our struggle to fight for those in need continues.”

We are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available.

Donations are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 1-877-468-6844 or visiting www.savealifenow.org.