‘Worst I’ve ever seen:’ Blood shortage adds to hospital struggles during pandemic - The News & Observer

At various points during the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina hospitals have faced shortages of masks, intensive care unit beds, COVID-19 antibody treatments and staff, particularly nurses. Now it’s blood that has reached a critical level. A decline in donations over the last year, coupled with a return of demand to pre-pandemic levels, has hospital blood banks operating on thin margins.