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Polar Plunge Takes Down Stateline Blood Supply Levels

ROCKFORD -- Last week's polar plunge is taking a toll on stateline blood banks.
ROCKFORD -- Last week's polar plunge is taking a toll on stateline blood banks.

The near record cold temperatures canceled or delayed several blood drives in the area.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center says it's down to a five day supply of most blood types and less than a oneday supply of "O" negative.

That's important because "O" negative is the universal donor. There's another factor that could cut the supply even lower.

"And we haven't really seen the impact of flu season yet on our donor base. I anticipate that's going to be more widespread here as we go into January and February," said Jennifer Bowman from the RRVBC.

Bowman says fortunately both of the blood center's mobile donation trucks were working during the cold snap.

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