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There is a national blood donation shortage and it is affecting the blood supply available to Houston hospitals.

On Monday the American Red Cross declared a national blood crisis, warning that supplies have dropped to a level we haven’t seen in more than a decade.

Supplies in the Houston area are on par with what’s being seen nationally, only a one-day supply of blood donations available when there must minimally be a three-day supply, and our scarcity is for all the same reasons.

“A lot of these businesses and partners that we have hosted blood drives with in the past have now gone to remote work, and a lot of the workforce now works remotely and we are seeing them donate less frequently,” says Cameron Palmer, Community Development Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

The Red Cross says they have experienced a 10% decline in donation since the start of the pandemic in 2020.All types are needed, especially Type O positive and negative as well as platelet donations.

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