Blood

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A Code Red emergency appeal for blood has been issued by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.  CBCO spokesman Chris Pilgrim says local blood needs are at their highest level since 2015.

The appeal came as many schools were closed Monday due to the ice that coated the Ozarks over the weekend.  Blood drives that had been scheduled Monday at Kickapoo and Republic High Schools were supposed to help rebuild the already critically low blood supply, according to Pilgrim.