Illness Causes Shortages At Memorial Blood Centers

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with Memorial Blood Centers say they’re suffering a significant blood shortage due to winter sickness.

Officials said Thursday that three of the six major blood types, O positive, A positive and A negative, are at dangerously low levels. They said donors who have made appointments to give blood are having to call in sick and cancel their appointments.

The clinic is also not getting enough of its normal walk-in traffic to meet the current blood demand.

Officials said anyone that is feeling healthy is encouraged to come into Memorial Blood Centers to give blood. There are 11 facilities throughout the Twin Cities metro area and Wisconsin.

  • Rufus Larkin

    Why don’t they pay for whole blood? Plasma get you money.

  • Bubba

    I agree. We have to pay for it if we get any from them.

  • Wendy Capetz

    Hi – Wendy here from Memorial Blood Centers.
    Many thanks to WCCO for spreading the word about blood donation—a good reminder to those who are healthy during the cold and flu season to donate! As is often the case, the cold and flu season sometimes keeps blood donors from sharing their life-saving gift, just as schools and organizations see increased absences among students and employees. The need for donated blood never goes away, and is especially great during times like these. So to all those members in our community who are feeling healthy and well—please consider donating blood in the coming weeks. We’d like to thank the many blood donors who have already responded to our needs! Because of your dedication, Memorial Blood Centers is meeting our local hospital patient needs.
    Regarding payment for blood or plasma: The FDA requires that blood used for transfusions must be voluntarily donated, and therefore Memorial Blood Centers does not pay for donations. Please visit our website at to learn more about blood donation and to schedule an appointment.
    Thank you.

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