MEDIC has ‘immediate, critical’ need for O+ blood

MEDIC Regional Blood Center says it has an “immediate, critical” need for blood type O Positive, and low inventory levels of COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP), A Negative and O Negative Blood Types.

MEDIC will be trying to meet those needs while celebrating the “March playoff season” by giving away a 55” TV and Sound Bar for anyone donating now through April 2.

There is a nationwide blood shortage, which does include this region. MEDIC says its O Positive inventory level has been critical for weeks. Critical means that there are less than a two-day supply. Weather has had a significant impact on collections and testing in the last month with several blood drives being cancelled, and other ramifications.

You can donate at any of MEDIC’s fixed Donor Centers—including 1601 Ailor Avenue in downtown Knoxville and 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut—as well as at any mobile, community blood drives.

You can find all the donor information you need by visiting
www.medicblood.org.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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