Blood donations more than double in Orlando

Since the tragic shooting at an Orlando nightclub on June 12, Brevard County, Fla., has seen a large spike in blood donations.

In the week after the shooting, 1,571 people signed up to donate blood at OneBlood centers in Rockledge, Melbourne, Titusville and the nonprofit's Big Red Bus bloodmobiles. In the eight days before the shooting, only 717 people registered to donate.

From June 20-27, yet another 1,177 people signed up to donate blood, a 64 percent increase from the donation rates of the eight-day period before the tragedy.

OneBlood supplies blood to more than 200 hospital partners across Florida, as well as areas of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

During the week after the shooting, the organization collected more than 28,000 units of blood, noting a 40 percent increase in first-time donors and a 72 percent increase in donors giving O negative — the universal blood type.

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