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Blood donations increase in Las Vegas, but 'urgent' need remains

Vitalant blood donation
Yvette Fernandez/KNPR
Vitalant's donation center is seen on March 25, 2022 in Las Vegas.

The pandemic had a significant effect on blood donations. 

In January, KNPR told you how blood supplies had reached a critically low level, mostly due to the pandemic keeping people away. 

Now that most restrictions have been lifted, Vitalant spokesperson Brittany Estrella says blood donations are increasing but remain at an “urgent” level. 

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She says Type O blood is urgently needed because it is a universal blood type.

A community blood drive is being held Saturday at the Las Vegas Ballpark from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Everyone who donates will receive a pair of tickets to a Las Vegas Aviator game. 

Yvette Fernandez is KNPR’s daily news reporter and announcer. She joined the station September 2021.