Fresno County blood supply “critically low”

Local News

(Getty images)

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A news release from the health officials Monday warned of a “dire blood shortage” in Fresno County.

According to the release, blood supply is critically low. Health officials say the shortage comes at a bad time as winter months often see hire demand due to increases in traffic collisions and trauma.

“The health and wellbeing of our community depends on a sustainable blood supply,” says Dr. Rais Vohra, Interim Medical Director of the Fresno County Department of Public Health. “Right now, that supply is critically low, which really impacts the care we can deliver at our local hospitals.”

Fresno County health officials say the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have made people far less likely to donate blood. According to the Central California Blood Center, only 10% of eligible donors will actually give blood. “

Blood cannot be manufactured, and it can not be provided any other way,” says Christopher Staub, with the Central California Blood Center.

To find a list of places to donate blood, visit the donateblood.org website.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383
Email: OnYourSide@cbsfresno.com

February 03 2022 12:00 am
Big Game Countdown
February 13 2022 12:00 am