Code Red Emergency

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February 12, 2018 – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a CODE RED EMERGENCY ALERT for blood donations.

The combination of high utilization and lower donor response has taken a toll on our reserves. The flu season has had a major impact and the blood drive cancellations due to recent icy weather have forced inventories to dangerously low levels. We urge those who are healthy and able to make it to a CBCO donor center or blood drive to do so this week. If you haven’t given blood before, now is a great time to start a new habit. In just an hour, you can help save a life.

Blood donations dropped by more than 500 units in January while local hospital usage increased sharply, prompting chronic shortages throughout most of the past month. Blood center officials attribute much of the decline in donations to the severe flu epidemic throughout the Ozarks, along with weather-related cancellations.

There are four CBCO Donor Centers in the Ozarks, along with mobile blood drives that take place in various towns within the 39 county CBCO service area.  Note: Friday hours modified due to new computer system implementation.

Springfield 220 W. Plainview Rd. Monday – Thursday
7 am – 7 pm
7 am – 1 pm
Joplin NorthPark Mall Monday – Thursday 11 am – 6 pm
Bentonville 1400 SE Walton Blvd. Monday – Thursday 11 am – 6 pm
Springdale 3503 S. Thompson St. Monday – Thursday 11 am – 6 pm
Blood Drives Locate a drive using our online drive locator