- Blood donation is essential. Please refer to the Guidance Document from the US Department of Homeland Security.
- Blood is a critical resource. For additional questions regarding eligibility, click here.
- Blood donation is safe during COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to review a study done by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
DO NOT GIVE BLOOD IF:
- you have fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 UNTIL 28 days after your recovery (no fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms and no need for oxygen);
- you are waiting for a test result for COVID-19. If it is negative and you are well you may donate. If it is positive you must wait 28 days from your testing date and be well;
- in the last 14 days you have been within six feet of someone who has the virus or is being tested for the virus for greater than 15 minutes without use of personal protective equipment UNLESS you meet the vaccination criteria below;
Vaccination Criteria: You are ELIGIBLE to donate if exposure to COVID-19 occurred two weeks after receiving the last dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson).
If you decide not to donate because of this information, please call us at 800-747-5401 or text us at 999-777. We will determine when you will be able to give blood.
Are we testing blood donations for COVID-19?
There are no donor screening tests available for this virus. All donors are screened for symptoms of illness prior to donation. There is no evidence this virus (SARS-CoV-2) can be transmitted by a transfusion, nor has there been with the two related viruses, SARS-1 and MERS-CoV that have caused epidemics since 2000.
- In our pre-donation Medical History Questionnaire, we ask “Are you feeling healthy and well today?”
- In our pre-donation mini-physical, we assess the donor’s body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and hemoglobin level
Donors who aren’t feeling well or exhibit symptoms of respiratory illness are asked not to present and are deferred from donation.
For additional information
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