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National blood shortage also felt in Wyoming

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The nation is experiencing a blood shortage. Companies that collect blood in Wyoming are also desperate for more donors.

Vitalant is a non-profit that collects and provides blood to most of the hospitals in the state. The company's communication manager Tori Robbins, said the blood shortage has been going on for a couple of weeks. That means they have less than four days worth of blood on hand of each blood type.

"That means that we are not supplying or we're in danger of not supplying the hospitals with those life saving units that they need," said Robbins.

90 percent of the blood usage is used for planned medical events while the other ten is used for emergencies.

While getting volunteers to come in and donate blood has always been difficult, the past two years have been much harder.

"The pandemic really has affected over the last few years, the ability for us to go places and collect blood for people who are feeling well and healthy to be able to donate blood. So it's been a bit of a roller coaster," said Robbins.

Right now, the company has less than four days of blood on hand. That is defined as a shortage. Vitalant has donation locations throughout the state.

In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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