Upper Peninsula facing critical blood shortage

North Central UP

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – Wednesday the Marquette Lions Club is hosting a blood drive with the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center. The goal is to combat the blood shortage currently affecting the U.P.

As of April 27, seven of the eight blood types are categorized as red in the U.P. Regional Blood Center. This means the amount of blood available is much lower than the desired inventory amount. There was no B and AB negative blood available.

“You never know what’s going to come through the door at the hospital so making sure we have an extra supply on our shevleves is what we strive for,” Rachel Health, Blood Collection Coordinator for the U.P. Regional Blood Center, said.

For a while, Covid-19 slowed down the public’s ability to donate and limited crucial donation drives.

“We’ve had a decline in college and high school blood drives because of covid. A majority of our blood comes from those drives so those being canceled have caused a big decline in our blood donations.” Heath said. “We are constantly doing blood drives across the U.P. and trying to make up for the canceled blood drives or sickness or anything like that.”

This blood shortage impacts 13 U.P. hospitals and the entire community.

You can call the U.P. Peninsula Regional Blood Center to schedule an appointment or find a blood drive near you at (906)-449-1450.

Learn more about blood shortage and donation tonight on at 6 pm on our show.

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