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

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Oklahoma Blood Institute

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.

Hannah France is a reporter and producer for KGOU.
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