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Officials say donor turnout sharply declines while patient needs remain high

American Red Cross officials announced an emergency blood and platelet shortage and must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week during October for the blood supply to recover and meet hospital and patient needs. COURTESY PHOTO - Red Cross employees and blood donors gathered last year in the gym at East Side Athletic Club in Oak Grove.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to give now and in the weeks ahead to overcome the current shortage.

Blood donor turnout has reached the lowest levels of the year, as many delayed giving amid a return to the workplace and in-person learning, as well as a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country due to the delta variant.

As cases spiked in August, blood donor participation decreased about 10%. The national Red Cross blood inventory is the lowest it's been at this time of year since 2015, with less than a day's supply of certain blood types in recent weeks. COURTESY PHOTO - Carly Langston, East Side Athletic Club's service desk ambassador (left), joins gym owner Terri Gilreath in welcoming blood donors last year.

Make an appointment to give by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Boring

Oct. 11: noon-5:30 p.m., Boring Damascus Grange, 27861 S.E. Grange St.

Clackamas

Oct. 9: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Miracle Heights Senior Living, 13677 S.E. 147th Ave.

Oct. 11: noon-5 p.m., Pizza Schmizza, 9495 S.E. 82nd Ave.

Oct. 15: 12:30-6:30 p.m., Eastridge Church, 14100 S.E. Sunnyside Road

Milwaukie

Oct. 9: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 2146 S.E. Monroe St.

Oak Grove

Oct. 9: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Fred Meyer Garden Center, 14700 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Oregon City

Oct. 8: 1-6 p.m., Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 South End Road

Oct. 12: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Public Service Building, 2051 Kaen Road

Oct. 12: 1-6 p.m., Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St.


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