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Snowstorm impacts local blood supply, donations urgent in February | News Briefs


Last updated 2/17/2021 at 1:53pm

The weekend snowstorm blanketing much of Western Washington has created a dangerous dent in the local blood supply due to cancelled blood drives and inability to travel to appointments.

The cancellations mean over 800 donations couldn’t be collected leaving the community in short supply of lifesaving blood and in urgent need of more donors.

“The snowstorm hit us at a time when our community blood supply is already experiencing a surge in hospital usage,” said Bloodworks President and CEO Curt Bailey. “In the past three days we’ve collected only 52% of the blood components needed...

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