blood donation

A bandage covers an arm after a blood donation in an undated image. (File)

United Blood Services has met the demand for blood donations needed following Sunday's shooting on the Strip near Mandalay Bay where more than 200 people were injured and 59 people were killed, according to Metro Police.

A release from the blood center said they received overwhelming support from the Las Vegas community and encourage future donors to schedule an appointment in the upcoming weeks.

Blood products have a shelf life of 42 days for red blood cells and 5 days for platelets, therefore, United Blood Services is always in need of donations to replenish the supply, a release said.

Metro has advised against going to hospitals to donate blood as they are inundated with patients from the shooting and have their staffs focused on their treatment.

Dignity Health said they are not accepting blood at its hospitals.

The United Blood Service said the needs are for O-negative, O-positive, and platelet donations. However, donations of all types will be needed to replenish supplies. Officials asked people who have cold or flu symptoms, Hepatitis B or C contact, blood transfusions, had malaria or traveled to a malaria-prone region are asked to not donate. Other restrictions can be found online. All donations are on a walk-in basis. It is also recommended to make appointments to give blood through the coming days and weeks. Appointments can be made online here. The United Blood Service can be contacted by phone at 1-877-UBS-HERO.

On Monday, United Blood Service said it will cut off donations at about 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. They will process people who are already in line, take pledges and make appointments for the rest of the people who would like to donate. Hours will be adjusted for donations on Tuesday.

To donate to the American Red Cross, click here to find a donation center in your area.

Additional locations to donate: Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, 7135 W. Sahara Avenue United Blood Service, 6930 West Charleston Boulevard United Blood Service, 601 Whitney Ranch Drive United Blood Service, 4950 West Craig RoadStay with FOX5 for more locations and information on where to donate as it becomes available.

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