The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center is in urgent and immediate need for O+ and O- donations – lives depend on it. Our supply has reached critically low levels.

The Mayo Clinic Blood Center issued a news release today asking for residents in the Rochester area, specifically those who have an O+ or O- blood type, to roll up their sleeves and donate as their supply has reached critically low levels.

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Seasonal Shortages and The Holiday Will Significantly Affect O+ Blood Supply

In the news release, the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center in Rochester said that the center urgently needs donations of type O positive and O negative blood. Outside vendors cannot help fill the seasonal shortages that the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center is experiencing because of their own shortages.

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The center will be closed on December 24th in observance of Christmas Eve. This small break in donations will significantly affect the already low O+ blood supply at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, given the already low number of blood donations due to the holiday season.

It only takes a few patients in need of a transfusion to greatly deplete are already severely low supply to critical levels. We need O Blood Donors – lives depend on it.

What You Need to Know About Scheduling Your Donation

There are two locations where you can donate blood in Rochester.

Downtown - The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location on the main floor of the Hilton Building is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Blood Donor Center will be closed on December 24th.

Saint Marys Campus - The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location at Joseph M-86 is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Blood Donor Center will be closed on December 24th

If you have donated blood within the past 12 weeks, you're not eligible to donate at this time. A 12-week period between donations allows the body to maintain healthy iron levels. With their scheduled appointments only guidelines in place - due to being mindful of safety and social distancing - the center invites you to schedule your blood donation appointment by calling (507) 284-4475. They have many same-day appointments available if you are not able to schedule your donation in advance.

You can learn more about the Mayo Clinic Blood Donation Center here. 

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