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Administrators at Brigham Young University's campus in southeastern Idaho say they are "deeply troubled" by reports that students may have intentionally tried to contract COVID-19, lured by blood donation centers that are paying a premium for plasma with COVID-19 antibodies.

"Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed," the university said in a statement issued Monday.

Kentucky Blood Center

Kentucky Blood Center officials are dealing with what’s being termed a record number of blood drive cancellations.  Director of Marketing Mandy Brajuha said over the next 3 weeks more than 40 blood drives have been cancelled and more cancellations are likely.  She noted that’s primarily because of closed schools and universities.

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood donations in central Kentucky citing a "critical" supply shortage.

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  The American Red Cross chapter serving southern and western Kentucky is trying to avoid an emergency shortage of certain blood types.

The Red Cross Tennessee Valley region is running extremely low on donations of O-negative, B-negative, and A-negative blood types.

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High school and college blood drives account for 20% of the donations received by the American Red Cross, which explains the seasonal shortage each summer as schools are out of session and people go on vacations. American Red Cross Nashville's Regina Conway joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about all the blood donation opportunities in our region this month, and offers some reassuring advice for those squeamish of needles.

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UPDATE: Nearly 300 Red Cross blood drives have already been canceled due to the storm, and more cancelations are expected. This represents a loss of as many as 10,500 blood and platelet products.

The American Red Cross is asking people to give blood to help meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Paducah Area Red Cross Executive Director Jessica Toren says close to 100 Red Cross blood drives in the northeast are cancelled due to the storm. Toren says that number will likely increase as the week goes on.