- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A blood services provider in Utah says it urgently needs donations heading into Labor Day weekend.

ARUP Blood Services provides blood to patients at four of Utah’s biggest hospitals. The University of Utah-affiliated nonprofit says it has never experience a shortage of this level before, and the low supply is causing concern because car crashes usually spike over Labor Day weekend.

Officials say they need people to donate O-positive, O-negative, A-positive and A-negative blood.

ARUP Community Relations Supervisor Lance Bandley says there were 350 more patients this summer than last year, causing the organization to use up most of its emergency blood.

ARUP says it provides blood to Primary Children’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, University Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children.

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