The Blood Bank of Hawaii is experiencing a critical shortage in supply due to a seasonal drop and the impacts of COVID-19 over the summer and is seeking more donors.
BBH said it experiencing a shortage of all blood types, but that B-Positive, O-Positive and O-Negative types are in most critical need, with less than a 1-day supply of each.
During the summer, the nonprofit usually experiences a 15% drop in blood donations. Although blood donation drives are limited, appointments are still available every day.
On Oahu, the Young Street Donor Center and Waikele Center sites are open seven days a week. The bloodmobile at Windward Mall is also scheduled to be open for seven days a week but may be relocated in some instances for a one-day community drive.
The Dillingham location is open daily except for Sundays and Mondays.
To maintain a sufficient blood supply for all of Hawaii’s hospital needs, BBH strives to secure 150 to 200 appointments daily for all blood types and is appealing to all healthy donors to donate as soon as possible.
The blood bank follows strict health and safety protocols and procedures recommended by the state Department of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration aimed at keeping donors and staff safe.
To donate on Oahu, register at bbh.org or call 848-4770. Appointments for donors with B-Positive, O-Positive and O-Negative blood types will be prioritized.