Ariz. experiencing critical blood shortage in hospitals

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY - JUNE 25: A worker with Vitalant prepares for the Hoboken community Vitalant blood drive held at Hoboken Rec Center on June 25, 2021 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The American Red Cross last week announced a national blood shortage due to a rise in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries in the recent months that has depleted the nations blood inventory. Last year, the closing of blood donation centers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic also caused a blood shortage throughout the U.S. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

A worker with Vitalant prepares for the Hoboken community Vitalant blood drive held at Hoboken Rec Center on June 25, 2021 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

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A nationwide blood shortage has hit Arizona, prompting officials to announce the need for hundreds of donors in order to address the state’s critically low supply.

On Friday, officials of Vitalant, a non-profit which collects blood donations for hospitals and clinics statewide, said the COVID-19 pandemic caused a large number of blood drives to be cancelled. This in turn forced healthcare workers to tap into the state’s reserves.

The organization later added they only have a two-day supply of Type O blood for more than 60 hospitals throughout the Grand Canyon State. This comes as Vitalant is reportedly holding a massive blood drive in Tempe. They are reportedly offering both cash incentives and a car raffle to those who donate.

Donors are being asked to still wear a face mask if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

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