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COVID-19 Updates

Where Healthy Meets Hero

If you are feeling healthy and well, NOW is the time to donate with The Blood Connection.
 
Our donation centers and mobiles are where healthy people go to give back. TBC is taking extra precautionary cleaning measures to ensure that all donors and staff are safe and healthy. TBC follows appropriate infection control standards of donor rooms and mobile buses, which include sanitation of donor waiting rooms and donation chairs. All protocols are monitored by the FDA. TBC has also increased the frequency of decontamination of surfaces in centers and on blood mobiles.

Safety while Donating

  • All TBC staff are wearing masks. Face coverings are recommended to wear while donating, but are required in some areas. Please follow your city/state’s requirements on face coverings.
  • Donors are encouraged to make an appointment BEFORE the blood drive to better control social distancing.
  • The Blood Connection staff is limiting the number of people on blood mobiles and at inside set ups.
  • Donors are being asked to practice social distancing and stay 6 feet apart when possible.
  • If there is a wait at a blood drive, donors may be asked to wait in their cars. After check-in and registration with a TBC recruiter, donors will be notified when a space is open for them.
  • Staff is taking extra cleaning precautions to clean surfaces after every donor. Donating blood is considered an “essential civic duty” during a pandemic because blood donations are vital to all communities.

Donating Blood is Safe

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted COVID-19. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process or via a blood transfusion since respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion.

Routine blood donor screening measures are already in place to prevent individuals with clinical respiratory infections from donating blood.

If the outbreak continues to spread, additional challenges could arise, which could potentially reduce the number of eligible donors. All healthy individuals need to donate. With the safety measures in place, know that you can donate blood with confidence at The Blood Connection.

America’s Blood Centers has stated that a blood drive is not considered a mass gathering or an event. Blood drives do not fall into that category and adhere to guidelines as being a safe place. Blood centers are not healthcare providers and thus do not provide coronavirus tests. TBC will screen all donors to make sure they are healthy and eligible to donate. The Blood Connection staff completes a full health screening for all donors prior to donating blood. This includes a questionnaire (which includes travel questions), temperature check, and mini-physical.

What are the symptoms?

Dry Cough

Shortness of Breath

High Fever

“The impacts on the blood supply from COVID-19 will only be as bad as this community allows it to be. If those who are feeling healthy donate now and encourage others to do the same, there could be little to no impact, and communities’ blood supplies will remain resilient and self-sustaining. Maintaining a sustainable community blood supply is the responsibility and the privilege of the healthy individuals in that community. Now more than ever, express yourself as an upstanding community hero and be the one to answer the call to help. We need you now. It’s up to you.”

Dr. Robert Rainer

Medical Director, The Blood Connection

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