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Red Cross experiencing platelet shortage due to COVID-19 pandemic impact

In South Carolina, blood donations over the past three weeks are down 10-15% compared to the...
In South Carolina, blood donations over the past three weeks are down 10-15% compared to the same time last year, Red Cross officials say.(Storyblocks)
Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:55 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society are working together to encourage people to give more blood.

This comes as there is a platelet shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s also impacting the care and treatment of cancer patients.

The American Cancer Society says many patient visits and procedures were forced to be delayed or canceled early in the pandemic to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Blood and platelet donations are critical for cancer treatments.

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