Dangerously low blood supplies have Pittsburgh hospitals looking for donors

PITTSBURGH — With blood supplies dangerously low, hospitals in the Pittsburgh area are looking for donors.

The American Red Cross said its blood supply is the lowest it has been since 2015. Officials said a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant has contributed to the shortage and low donor turnout.

All blood types are needed, but especially type O, which is the most transfused blood type. Vitalant said type O blood is vital in emergency situations.

Vitalant said its supply of type O blood is less than two days. That’s the lowest level since May 2020.

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital is hosting a blood drive Tuesday in the Thomas Starzl Biomedical Science Tower at 200 Lothrop Street.

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