We are encouraging blood donations now and in the next 8 weeks to ensure adequate supplies during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  We are working to prevent shortages locally. We are monitoring credible health agencies for updates on COVID-19 and are responding accordingly. For blood drive sponsor groups that are considering cancelling drives, please work with us on potential options to re-direct donors. There is no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply except for lack of donations and there are no reports of spread of this respiratory virus, by blood transfusion. Giving blood is critical to ensure an adequate supply to meet patient needs.  Click here for more information about our response to COVID-19.

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Published by Kirby Winn on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Blog

Blood Center box truck in snowy conditionsPatient care never stops, so it's our job keep blood components "on the shelves" for local hospitals even when faced with challenging conditions outside.

"Blood is needed every day. Whether it be for trauma, cancer treatments, people who are going into surgery...that need does not change just because the weather gets bad," says Pete Lux, our Director, Donor Services.

"We want to be there for our donors, too," Lux adds. "Because they are very committed and many of them do come in, regardless of weather conditions."

Providing our region's blood supply during the winter months means balancing the ongoing need for blood while being mindful of safety for our staff, donors, and volunteers who are on the roads during winter storms.

When conditions are very poor, we may be forced to close Donor Centers or even cancel a mobile blood drive. To confirm a Donor Center or mobile blood drive is operating during periods of winter weather, please call our scheduling team at (800) 747-5401.

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