Red Cross Spokesperson Dita Gardner described the shortage as critical. “Types O and B negative have dropped to a half-day’s supply.”
Trigg County was chosen for the emergency drive due to the many donors who participate at regularly scheduled drives. “We always have such a great turnout at our drives, and we know we can count on Trigg County,” said Gardner. “There are lots of communities we could choose, but people come out of the woodwork here. Smaller communities seem to hear us.”
A Red Cross press release said that the Red Cross tries to maintain a five-day supply in all blood types. “We have fallen below 1/4 day in some types, like O negative and O positive. This equates to less than 5% of what we need to have. If we do not improve collections over the next four to six weeks, hospitals will have to postpone elective surgeries because the blood just will not be available,” Gardner said in the press release.