MASK POLICY UPDATE:

Blood Assurance does not currently require center donors to wear masks. Donors at our mobile drives will be required to adhere to the policy of the drive host. Staff will wear masks at all times.

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine:

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca you are still eligible to give blood with no deferral period. If you have received a vaccine from any other makers you will be deferred from giving any type of donation for 14 days.

BLOOD ASSURANCE IS MONITORING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN THE US AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are suspected of having COVID-19, and who had symptomatic disease, need to refrain from donating blood for at least 10 days after complete resolution of symptoms.

DONORS ARE ESSENTIAL

Blood Assurance is an essential healthcare operation. As elective surgeries and travel picks back up, the need for blood increases. Blood donation is essential in ensuring area patients have what they need for cancer treatments, blood transfusions, and other critical treatments. Blood donation is an acceptable way for you to safely help patients in need during this time. Thank you for being someone’s hero today!

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Blood donation is perfectly safe.

  • Today’s patients are using blood that was given yesterday. Blood expires and it is imperative that we maintain a safe supply for area patients in need. Red cells expire in 52 days and platelets expire every 5 days.

  • Please keep your current appointments to help us ensure patients have what they need.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • According to the FDA there have been no reported or suspected cases of COVID-19 due to blood donation or transfusion.

  • We are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of our donors including:

    • extra cleaning procedures

    • sanitizing all surfaces and regularly used items after use

  • It is critical that those who are healthy continue to donate blood. Without healthy donors, we could see a shortage of blood. If you are a donor or coordinator we strongly urge you to keep your commitment to give blood or host a drive.

  • We highly encourage you to use our app, BAQuickScreen, to limit your time at the donor center or blood drive. You can find it by going to the BAQuickScreen tab above or clicking here

For more information about COVID-19, please visit:

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Most importantly, we want everyone to know that it is perfectly safe to give blood at this time and that we appreciate you for giving as always. It is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives every day.

messages from our medical director, Elizabeth culler, md