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Emergency appeal for blood donations announced

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WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with Bloodworks Northwest say the Pacific Northwest’s blood supply has dropped considerably.

Donations are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting patients battling life-threatening illnesses like leukemia and other cancers.

Type O Positive blood supplies are reported to currently be at emergency low levels while transfusions are at 110% of normal. As a result, Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent call for blood donors to book appointments in April.

Officials with the Bellingham Bloodworks Northwest Center say they are booked through the end of April but there are some appointments available at an upcoming blood draw event in Ferndale and another in Skagit County. No walk-in donors are currently being accepted due to COVID-19 health safety protocols.

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Officials note there is no need to wait to donate after receiving Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Novovax or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

UPCOMING BLOOD DRAW EVENTS

A 2-day Ferndale donor event was held in February that resulted in 68 donors fulfilling the needs of as many as 195 patients according to Bloodworks Northwest officials.

Bloodworks Northwest collects, tests and distributes lifesaving blood to more than 90 hospitals in the Northwest according to their website.

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