PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Red Cross is dealing with emergency shortages. Blood inventory is the lowest its been at this time of the year since 2015, according to the organization.

The Red Cross said fewer people are donating because they’re returning to work and in-person learning, as well as a surge in COVID cases.

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All blood drives and donation centers follow high COVID safety standards including requiring masks for everyone.

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If you’d like to give, you’re asked to make an appointment.

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Red Cross Has Emergency Blood Shortage;Lowest Post-Summer Inventory In Six Years