Community Blood Bank has critical shortage

From staff reports

Community Blood Bank, the exclusive blood provider to UPMC Northwest, is currently in a critical blood shortage.

The CBB has a less-than-one-day supply of blood types O+ and O-. It also is experiencing critically low levels of blood types A+ and A-.

A blood drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at UPMC Northwest, 100 Fairfield Drive, Seneca.

Appointments are available, but people also may just walk in.

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation, they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months and are in good general health and do not have a cold or the flu.

People must have a valid photo ID in order to donate blood.

Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good, solid meal and drink at least 18 oz. of water.

More information is available at or by calling (877) 842-0631.