Blood supply drops to critical levels in Western Washington

Snowy weather during the past two weeks has led to a 20 percent drop in Western Washington’s blood supply, the Puget Sound Blood Center announced.

As a result, O-negative and O-positive blood types are at a critical two-day supply level, while B-negative has plummeted to an emergency one-day supply.

In response, the region’s blood banks are urging people to donate blood.

In Bellingham, blood donations can be made at the center’s office in Sunset Square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (excluding New Year’s Day); 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, although hours will be shortened to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Details: 671-8848 or go online to psbc.org.