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 Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in Blog

“It’s time. We need you now more than ever.”

With COVID-19 infection rates on the rise, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is seeing an increase in cancelled appointments. Many cancellations are due to the donor awaiting test results or in quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. “Staying home is great for preventing the spread of COVID-19, but it’s a bad thing for the blood supply,” says Amanda Hess, Director, Donor and Public Relations. “We are hearing that feedback from our donors more now than at the beginning of the pandemic.” The solution, Hess says, is for new donors to step forward. “If you are healthy and eligible to give blood, we’re asking you to come out now. It’s time. We need you now more than ever.”

Hear more from Amanda Hess in this interview with Kirby Winn, Manager, Public Relations. Their conversation covers donor safety during the pandemic, concerns about the blood supply in the upcoming holiday season, the increasing use of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, and the Blood Center’s need to recruit new donors who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

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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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