Community Blood Center Announces Emergency Need for O- Blood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has declared a code red emergency for type O- blood.

The group is asking anyone with that blood type to donate at a CBCO blood drive or donor center near them.

After low donations and high hospital use type O- is in dire need.

"Only about 6 percent of the population has O- blood, but it can be given to patients with any blood type," said David Montgomery, the senior director of donor recruitment.

Because of this, it's used at twice the rate of any other type of blood.

Head to to find a donation center near you.

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