The entire country is suffering from a blood shortage, but central Ohio has reached dangerously low levels. The summer, or trauma season, is still in full swing and donor turnout at area blood drives has been low. The result is blood reserves well below the norm. “As of late last week, we had point one day supply. Point one day supply of O negative, which our optimum level, our ideal back up supply is three days,” said Abby Corder, Donor Recruitment Representative for Red Cross. Type O blood is the universal donor, and used in trauma situations when the patient’s blood type is unknown. Corder said every two seconds somebody needs blood in the country. She said this is more than just getting numbers up, it’s about people’s lives. “Worst case scenario is that we don’t have the blood available for the patient that is in a car accident, that needs to receive just a few units of blood. If that blood isn’t there, there is no substitute for blood,” said Corder. The Red Cross has organized an emergency blood drive this Thursday. It will take place at Emmanuel United Church in downtown Zanesville from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.