The American Red Cross says blood supplies going into the holidays are "dangerously low." One reason for this is that fewer donors are coming forward during the pandemic. Another is short staffing among the blood collectors, also known as phlebotomists.
During what the Portland area’s largest transit agency has described as its most severe staffing shortage to date, TriMet is reducing service for 20 bus lines by nearly 10%. The temporary reduction starts Jan. 9.