U.P. Blood Center In Critical Blood Shortage
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The U.P. Regional Blood Center is in a critical need for blood throughout the Upper Peninsula.
Types of blood needed are A-positive, A-negative, B-negative, and O-negative.
Blood Center spokesperson Sallie Coron says they need to have a minimum target amount of pints of blood on hand in order to serve the population.
Coron said, for example, the target for A-positive blood is 115 pints on hand and they only have 65.
She added some reasons for the low supply could be that people are not healthy enough to donate because of cold and flu season.
Bad weather prevents people from donating and causes the canceled blood drives, especially when schools are closed.
Those who can donate are being urged to make an appointment at one of the U.P. Blood Center sites in Escanaba, Hancock, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie.