URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DONORS - Locally and nationally, blood centers have only 2-3 day supply of type O red blood cells. Supplies of AB plasma and Convalescent Plasma are depleted. We are calling for all healthy members of the public to step up now and support care for patients. Blood donation is safe and essential!  Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria will permit donations by many donors previously deferred. Questions about eligibility? Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form.

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

Published by Kirby Winn on Friday, November 13, 2020 in Blog

As COVID-19 infection rates increase as the Blood Center's service region, we have seen increasing calls from public health officials and government bodies for citizens to limit trips away from home. While that's an important step for reducing the spread of COVID-19, it does raise concern that donors might cancel or postpone their next donation. Dr. Louis Katz, our Chief Medical Officer (and Medical Director for the Scott Couny, Iowa, Dept. of Public Health), explains why blood donation remains an approved, even essential, activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Louis Katz, Chief Medical Officer

MVRBC has taken steps to ensure blood drives remain an acceptable activity under federal, state, and local public health guidelines. All donors are required to schedule an appointment for donation and all staff, donors, and volunteers are required to wear a mask. Dr. Katz explains how this has helped maintain a safe, hygienic environment for staff and donors.

Dr. Louis Katz, Chief Medical Officer

MVRBC estimates a loss of 35,000 donations due to cancelled blood drives from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Midwest. Blood drive cancellations include numerous high schools, colleges, and universities as well as events hosted by businesses, churches, and civic groups. The impact of blood drive cancellations is especially concerning in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

Long Sleeve T-shirtThe Blood Center is providing all presenting donors with a voucher to redeem for their choice of a blood donor T-shirt or $10 gift card. In addition, each time a donor registers to give, they will receive points to use in the Blood Center’s online Donor Loyalty Store.

To schedule an appointment for donation, call (800) 747-5401, schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org, or via the Blood Center’s mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).

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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Central Illinois Community Blood Center, and Community Blood Services of Illinois. He enjoys working with media to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers w

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