Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood for patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, is issuing a critical appeal for O Negative blood. According to the CBCO reserves are alarmingly low, due to very high usage levels in area hospitals and a continued negative impact on donation rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible donors are strongly urged to give immediately at a CBCO donor center or blood drive near them. You can give blood today in Lebanon at Tabernacle Christian Academy from 3 to 6pm.
According to Chris Pilgrim with CBCO usage rates in our area hospitals have increased to levels not seen in the past seven years, and it’s vitally important for eligible blood donors, especially type O Negative donors, to respond to this emergency immediately.”