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OBI Issues Statewide Blood Emergency

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Winter weather conditions across the state have caused OBI's supply to drop to less than a one-day inventory.

Because of cold and icy conditions, the OBI has been forced to cancel blood drives and also has caused fewer people to come in and donate blood.

"The need for donation is constant, since blood has a limited time for use," John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of OBI said.

"The last few days we've had a decrease in the number of blood donors. With a typical supply of three to five days, it only takes a day or two of inclement weather to put us into an emergency status."

The OBI is encouraging Oklahomans of at least 16-years-old to find their nearest donor center and make a donation.

Donations normally take around an hour.

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