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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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Hannah France started her work in public radio at KBIA while studying journalism at the University of Missouri. While there, she helped develop and produce a weekly community call-in show, for which she and her colleagues won a Gracie Award. Hannah takes interest in a wide variety of news topics, which serves her well as a reporter and producer for KGOU.
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