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Blood bank in dire need of type O blood donors

Dak Minn Blood Bank is in critical need of blood.

GRAND FORKS — Dak Minn Blood Bank is reporting a need of all blood types, but O Positive and O Negative are at critically low numbers.

Only 20 pints of O Positive are currently on the shelves. Typically they need 90 to 100 pints on the shelf in case of an emergency.

O Positive is commonly used by hospitals for patients.

The blood bank says a decrease in donations due to COVID-19, and a busy weekend at Altru Health System brought the levels down to the critical state.

"If something were to happen, we may not have that blood supply," said Monica Janssen, donor relations coordinator for Dak Minn Blood Bank.


Dak Minn ask that you not walk-in but make an appointment, because they want to make sure COVID-19 safety measures are followed.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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