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Blood Supply Still Low After Last Week's Winter Weather

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks needs your help to build their blood supply back up. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is still trying to recover after last week's winter storm drastically reduced blood donations.

"We had a rough week last week in terms of the winter weather. Almost 1000 units of blood were lost. A 1000 potential donations were lost, so we're scrambling this week to catch back up."

Chris Pilgrim is CBCO spokesman. He says several large drives planned this week on college and high school campuses should help build the supply back up. But he says this is a good time for anyone who can to donate.

"We're on a code yellow alert for all negative blood types and also type B positive. A code yellow alert means there's less than a two-day supply of that type of blood on hand. We'd like to remain at about a three-day level, so we are a little short. We're hoping by the end of this week we will be back up to normal levels, and that'll be a good thing."

Hours at the new CBCO donor center at Campbell and Plainview and at the donor center at Glenstone and Seminole are Monday and Friday from 8 to 3 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 to 6. The new center is open every Saturday from 7 to 2 and the Glenstone @ Seminole location is open the FIRST Saturday of each month from 7 to 2.