We thank you for your interest in donating blood and helping your community. A few eligibility requirements are important to know about during COVID-19.
Donation eligibility during COVID-19
- You cannot donate if you are in a quarantine period that was mandated to you by a health care provider or health department official.
- You must wait 14 days after exposure and before donating, if the following applies: you are taking care of a person with COVID-19, or might have been exposed to the virus (assuming you never got sick).
- If you have gotten COVID-19 and are fully recovered, you are eligible to donate blood 14 days after all symptoms have disappeared.
Thank you for giving blood.
Many of our blood donors (new and existing) have stepped up to bring the blood supply back up to where it needs to be for the moment. But we still need you to come out. Please continue to schedule appointments at our neighborhood donor centers in the coming weeks.
The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, has had a big impact on the community blood banks. When schools, churches and businesses were forced to close for safety reasons, most of our community blood drives were cancelled, threatening the adequacy of the blood supply. Even the cancellation of elective surgeries does not diminish the majority of the community’s blood use.
Here are a few examples for which blood is required every day:
- Cancer patients
- GI bleeds
- Emergency surgeries
Blood donation is allowed as an essential activity during this time of “shelter at home.”
When you make an appointment, we even send you an electronic letter with the appointed day and time, in case you were questioned about your travel destination.
Your safety is important to us.
We are following all the national guidelines from our industry as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting you, and will continue to do so. We have increased our frequency of cleaning beyond what is required, because we know you expect it. This includes sanitizing the donor beds and surrounding work stations; donor screening areas, our refreshment areas, doorknobs, and waiting area. Hand sanitizer is readily available. Staff and donors are required to wear masks during the donation process. This reflects ongoing changes in guidelines by the CDC and state and local government. A blood drive host location may require additional social distancing and mask requirements for blood drive participants.
For more information specifically about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov.