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Type “O” blood is in urgent need

The number of blood donations have decreased due to COVID-19
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Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 3:06 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Numerous blood drives were cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19, leading to an urgent need for blood; especially type “O.” LifeSouth blood drives are back up and operating, but there has been a decrease in donations.

Regional manager of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Rebecca Hughes, explains that it takes 24 to 48 hours to process blood after it is donated. To avoid creating a wait for a patient in need of blood, Hughes encourages people to donate before a tragedy takes place. By doing so, blood will be accessible much faster for those in need. Blood lasts only 48 days, meaning it expires before someone can donate again.

“Currently our numbers have decreased because of covid and other things going on, people trying to get back into a routine," Hughes said. “So the numbers have fallen, but we are seeing an increase in the usage therefore we haven’t been able to stabilize like we should and so we’re in an emergency need for any and all types of blood but especially the "O” type blood.”

Donations stay local, Hughes said donors can save the life of someone they possibly know.

To donate you can go to the

Click here to see upcoming blood drives in the area.

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