Nevada Blood Donation Day coming up this weekend

Nevada Blood Donation Day 2016 will be 4/23. (KSNV)

Last year, Governor Sandoval declared the last Saturday of April as Nevada Blood Donation Day and this year it falls on April 23.

Regional donor recruitment manager Jeannie McCoy stopped by to fill viewers in on the urgent need for blood.

Over the past several weeks a patient demand for Type O blood has outpaced supplies, so blood donor services are in need of both O-positive and O-negative blood.

O-positive is the most common blood type, so it is usually in the highest demand by patients. O-negative is the universal blood type and can be used by patients of all other blood types.

Blood donors who have traveled to countries affected by the Zika virus are being asked to delay giving blood for nearly a month after leaving those areas.

For people who would like to donate, are eligible to donate, and have NOT traveled to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or Central or South America in the past 28 days, they can schedule an appointment at Blood Heroor by calling 702-233-9620.

Blood donations will run from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Some of the locations holding donations include Sahara West Library, Centennial Hills YMCA, Texas Station, and the Boy Scouts at Floyd Lamb Park.

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