Blood Donation Is an Essential and Encouraged Activity
Potential blood donors are exempt from stay-at-home orders because blood banks are an essential health service. We rely on volunteer donors like you to sustain the community blood supply – an important resource that cannot be manufactured in a laboratory. It only comes from blood donors.
In order to meet social distancing recommendations and ensure the best and safest donation experience possible, we’re encouraging scheduled appointments. It’s important for donors to keep their appointments, and schedule future appointments in April and May, now, to ensure blood is available as we weather this pandemic together.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and this post will be updated as we learn more about the government’s efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 and our ongoing efforts to support the blood supply.
March 27, 2020
Gateway Church will be hosting community drives every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday through the first week of May. Details HERE.
As mentioned earlier this week (Mar. 25) additional guidelines have been implemented to maintain a safe donation experience including:
- Allowing for social distancing by asking donors to wait in their car after check-in, if we are not able to admit them immediately to our donation centers or blood drive events.
- Continuing the routine health screening of our donors. This includes our asking if you are healthy and feeling well on the day of donation. If you have any symptoms of illness, including cold or flu, you should not present to give blood.
- Sanitizing designated donor screening areas and donor beds after every use.
- Instructions to all Carter BloodCare staff to come to work only if feeling well and healthy and to remain home if they are ill.
Thanks to our community partners at Dallas Music Hall for hosting a blood drive that hosted more than 50 donors during this challenging time. Everyone is doing their best to help each other out and it is so very appreciated!
March 26, 2020
Our community is braving the moment. Dallas Summer Musicals is hosting a replacement blood drive for the public on FRIDAY, 3/27 at DALLAS MUSIC HALL. This replacement blood drive is working toward replenishing the large volume of blood drives that have had to cancel during the COVID-19 outbreak. Details HERE.
If you think your organization can host a replacement blood drive by late April or early May send an email inquiry to email@example.com. Current estimates show a loss of more than 10,000 donors over the next couple of months.
March 25, 2020
Carter BloodCare follows stringent FDA protocols every day. In these days of COVID-19 we have implemented additional protocols as we focus on providing a safe donation experience for our donors and staff.
- Hand sanitizer is available at every donation site – whether you visit one of our donation centers or a community blood drive.
- To allow for social distancing we are asking donors to wait in their car after check-in, if we are not able to admit them immediately to our donation centers or blood drive events.
- The first line of protection for the blood supply is the routine health screening of donors. This includes our asking if you are healthy and feeling well on the day of donation. If you have any symptoms of illness, including cold or flu, you should not present to give blood.
- Blood donors are routinely screened for temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin.
- Designated donor screening areas are sanitized after every use.
- Donor beds are sanitized after each donation.
- Carter BloodCare staff has been instructed to come to work only if feeling well and healthy and to remain home if they are ill.
Please be patient as we practice extra cleaning processes and social distancing. We are doing our part to keep you and our community safe.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov.
MARCH 17, 2020
During this rapidly developing situation with COVID-19, Carter BloodCare continues to make transfusion possible with sanitation and safety in mind. It is safe to give blood. If you are feeling well and are eligible, please plan to help your community by giving blood. Blood will still be needed for cancer patients, transplant recipients, heart surgery, and trauma. We cannot manufacture it. Blood only comes from volunteer donors.
We’re working hard to keep our donor centers ready for appointments since we’ve seen more than 4,000 appointments have been canceled so far this month. It’s important to keep appointments if you made it (if you’re feeling healthy and well), and we hope that any scheduled drives will also continue.
So, if you have sponsored a blood drive, you can still host that drive! We are taking extra precautions by increased cleaning of surfaces and mopping down our buses each evening. Going to a blood drive or a Carter BloodCare donation center is considered safe and necessary for our community’s health. Remember, only healthy people are there to donate blood.
Carter BloodCare donors help provide blood for 90% of the hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. We need a minimum of 700 successful donations in the next five days. We know that a prepared community is a healthy community, and we ask you to partner with us to help keep the community’s blood supply ready, as we face this challenge together.
To help reach a healthy level of donations, we will be holding a drive at Billy Bob’s Fort Worth this weekend for the hours below.
Gateway Church will also be hosting drives every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday through the first week of May. For details on these drives, please visit https://bit.ly/GatewayDrive20.
Please help us during this time by making (and keeping) an appointment to #GiveforLife. Call or text us at 800-366-2834 for an appointment or visit CarterBloodCare.org.
MARCH 9, 2020
Carter BloodCare understands the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and can assure you that blood donation is still safe and very necessary to maintaining the community and nation’s health. If anything, blood donation is essential preparation.
Carter BloodCare is being asked to support a Seattle blood program, Bloodworks Northwest, due to major closures in their service areas. Given the virus’ path, we could possibly be asked to support more regions across the nation. The only way we can ensure help to our blood program counterparts and maintain safe local blood supply levels, is if the community pulls together and gives regularly.
To our community members: if you have a blood donation appointment on the books, we strongly urge you to keep it. If you don’t have an appointment, we strongly urge you to give or encourage your friends and family to give, within the next week.
“The strength of the blood banking community is in its willingness to pull together when disasters threaten the blood supply,” said B.J. Smith, vice president of business development for Carter BloodCare. “Carter BloodCare does not have an excess of inventory right now. Instead we are stepping up with a trust in our local blood donors to make appointments and walk in to our blood drives and donation centers to help us make up the difference.”
Giving blood at our donor centers and drives is still safe because of the required health screening prior to donation. Donors must be healthy on the day of donation; if a donor appears to show signs of illness, they will be asked to give at a later time. Our donor center and mobile staff also have employee standards that require them to stay home if they feel ill. Health and safety remain priorities for Carter BloodCare.
Blood donation is an ongoing need, and is fundamental to modern medical healthcare. Its times like these, where we need blood donors, new and regular, to rise to the occasion and show that blood is thicker than COVID-19.
Help us make our community and country stronger and continue to #GiveForLife. To schedule your appointment to give, call or text 800-366-2834. Walk-ins are also encouraged.