Blood center at 'critically low' levels, urges donations of all blood types

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STATELINE, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Rock River Valley Blood Center says it's at a "critical level" for blood shortages.

The center says donations are being used faster than they're coming in.

The RRVBC is the sole provider to the Mercyhealth Javon Bea Riverside and Rockton hospitals, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, SwedishAmerican Health System, and others.

Donating blood is a safe process that takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

An ID card or donor ID is required. Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old -- or 16 with parental consent.

For more information on where to donate and to make an appointment, visit their website or call 815-965-8751.