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Oklahoma Blood Institute issues emergency call for blood donations

Posted at 10:39 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 09:26:06-05

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Blood Institute is issuing an emergency call for blood donations.

Because of this winter weather, OBI officials said blood donations dropped, and they are already strained from COVID related cancellations and closures.

Blood has a shelf life of just 42 days. So, blood supplies must be constantly replenished. The Oklahoma Blood Institute provides more than 90 percent of the blood to the state, requiring 1,200 donors each day to keep a healthy supply of blood on the shelf.

"People sort of went into weather mode. Even before the weather showed up, they knew it was coming that we were getting this artic blast," Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute, said. "We started to see cancellations on Monday, and we have lost quite a number of drives. We still have some drives going."

Those who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can donate without having to wait.

If you would like to donate, call 877-340-8777 to schedule an appointment or click here.

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