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Extreme weather drains blood donations

The dangerously cold weather has pushed Tri-State blood donations to critically low levels. (FOX19 NOW/file) The dangerously cold weather has pushed Tri-State blood donations to critically low levels. (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Extreme winter weather has pushed Tri-State blood donations to critically low levels.

Donation centers regularly send out warnings about blood shortages for a certain blood type, but the arctic blast over the past week threw Hoxworth Blood Center into panic mode.

"We need everyone who is eligible to donate in the Tri-State this week to call us and donate," said Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokeswoman.

The center is low on every blood type. The storm that socked the region with record snowfall or cold temperatures six consecutive days last week closed donation centers and canceled blood drives on site and at schools and businesses. 

Hundreds of donations were missed. Hoxworth averages hundreds of donations alone on a daily basis and supplies 30 hospitals.

Officials hope to turn the trend around in the coming weeks and encourage the public to keep sick patients in mind, make an appointment and donate as soon as possible.

For more information, go to Hoxworth Blood Center's website.

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