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LA County Hit Hard by Blood Shortage Amid COVID-19 Surge

By Alice Sun

Los Angeles County officials are urging residents to donate blood as the national blood shortage crisis is impacting local hospitals—to the point of prompting an hours-long shutdown of a trauma center by the county’s Department of Health Services earlier this week.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s trauma center had to stop accepting new patients for over two hours on Jan. 10 due to insufficient blood supplies.

“I can’t emphasize enough just how urgent and critical this blood shortage is for L.A. County residents,” said Marianne Gausche-Hill, medical director of the LA County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

Dr. Gausche-Hill also said such a situation where a trauma center must be closed due to blood shortage has never happened in the past 30 years in the county…

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