MEDIC says it’s in ‘critical’ need of B-Neg, O-Pos blood

MEDIC Regional Blood Center announced on Monday that it is now experiencing a critical need for blood types O-Positive and B-Negative as well as blood platelets.

You can donate to help meet this need at any of MEDIC’s fixed Regional Donor Centers, or at one their community blood drives. These are the locations of the donor centers:

Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue

Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike

Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 104

Crossville – 79 S. Main Street

You can find each location’s hours, as well as the locations of those mobile blood drives by visiting www.medicblood.org.

MEDIC is requiring all donors to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one.

Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.

MEDIC says it has seen an increase in demand for blood products and is currently experiencing a critical need for the blood types mentioned earlier. America’s Blood Centers, AABB and American Red Cross recently released a joint statement on the nation’s current blood supply, which basically means that this shortage is national and not just local to the counties served by MEDIC. According to MEDIC’s announcement, this also means that there aren’t products to import to our area from other centers.

Donors will receive a special edition MEDIC shirt and a Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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