New York City faces critical blood shortage

New York City-based New York Blood Center on June 25 declared an emergency blood shortage after supplies fell below the required minimums, reports Poughkeepsie Journal.

"Our local blood supply has reached a critically low level, with under a two-day supply of O negative, B negative and A negative," NYBC said a statement.

NYBC provides blood to more than 200 hospitals in the metro New York City area. The center seeks to maintain at least a seven-day supply of blood at all times and is urging local residents to donate.

Andrea Cefarelli, NYBC's executive director of donor recruitment said blood centers historically receive fewer donations in the summer due to seasonal factors.

"While summer months are marked by a long vacation period, with schools in recess and leisure time, the need for blood never takes a vacation," she told Poughkeepsie Journal.

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