MEDIC has ‘immediate, critical’ need for O+ blood

MEDIC Regional Blood Center says it has an “immediate, critical” need for blood type O Positive, and low inventory levels of COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP), A Negative and O Negative Blood Types.

MEDIC will be trying to meet those needs while celebrating the “March playoff season” by giving away a 55” TV and Sound Bar for anyone donating now through April 2.

There is a nationwide blood shortage, which does include this region. MEDIC says its O Positive inventory level has been critical for weeks. Critical means that there are less than a two-day supply. Weather has had a significant impact on collections and testing in the last month with several blood drives being cancelled, and other ramifications.

You can donate at any of MEDIC’s fixed Donor Centers—including 1601 Ailor Avenue in downtown Knoxville and 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut—as well as at any mobile, community blood drives.

You can find all the donor information you need by visiting www.medicblood.org.

MEDIC also has a continued need for COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP) for treatment of regional COVID-19 patients. The testing and processing turnaround for CCP is 7-10 days, leaving MEDIC with an ongoing need for patients who have recovered to donate.

Through April 2nd, blood donors will be automatically entered to win a 55” TV and Sound Bar. The drawing will take place on April 5th. All donors will receive a MEDIC gift and Texas Roadhouse coupon.

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 are preferred. There is very limited availability for walk-in donors. Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link or by calling 865-524-3074.

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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