For Immediate Release
August 18, 2020 (ENID) –Oklahoma Blood Institute faces an immediate need for donors of all blood types. All healthy adults are strongly urged to donate blood as soon as possible at their nearest Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center or mobile blood drive.
Ongoing COVID-19 concerns, hundreds of additional blood drive cancellations and school scheduling changes have contributed to a large drop in volunteer blood donations. Donations are needed right away to avoid a blood emergency.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the local blood supplier, serving more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities across the state, relying on approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors per day to meet the needs of patients. Trauma patients, children with cancer or individuals with life-threatening blood disorders simply cannot wait for transfusion care.
All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Appointments are preferred to help with social distancing, but walk-ins will be accepted as schedules allow. CDC guidelines will be followed at all donor centers and mobile drives.
Donors may visit obi.org or call 877-340-8777 to schedule their appointment now at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Enid donor center located at 301 E. Cherokee.