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Blood donation shortages persist nationally, but the situation is improving in Oklahoma

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The American Red Cross is experiencing a shortage of blood donations nationally, but in Oklahoma, the situation is improving.

Free COVID-19 antibody testing, A1C testing, and new themed t-shirts every month are all incentives Oklahoma Blood Institute account consultant Mallory Sapp says have contributed to the state’s recovery from a severe blood shortage that happened over the summer.

"You can donate every 56 days. And if you can keep on that it's a good constant. We won't ever be in that shortage," said Sapp.

Once at a low of only one to two days of supply on hand, OBI has returned to a normal supply of four to five days. Sapp says regular donations are key to avoiding shortages.

To find out more information and for your nearest blood donation center visit OBI.org.

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