OneBlood & COVID-19

Appointments Required

Thank you blood donors! Your tremendous response is helping ensure a ready blood supply.

We are no longer able to accommodate walk-ins. At this time we need to ask that all donors please make an appointment to donate. To protect our team members and other donors, please do not present to donate if you have a fever.

Benefits of Having an Appointment:

  • Significantly reduces your wait time 
  • Helps with social distancing
  • Ensures we collect enough blood each day to meet hospital needs

Having a ready blood supply is vital to our community. By making blood donation a habit you are helping ensure a ready blood supply 365 days a year.

Enhanced Safety | Who You're Helping

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How to Make an Appointment March 27, 2020
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Enhanced Safety Practices In Place

Safe to Donate Blood

The U.S. Surgeon General and the FDA have stated that it remains safe to donate blood and that it is safe to attend blood drives. 

All blood centers are regulated by the FDA and must follow strict guidelines on how they operate. OneBlood meets all FDA guidelines and all team members follow strict safety protocols including:

  • All OneBlood phlebotomists wear medical gloves that are changed for each donation.
  • All donor-touched areas and equipment are disinfected after every donation. This includes, donor beds, registration tablets, blood-pressure cuff and hemoglobin sensors.
  • A sterile collection set is used for every donation.
  • Every donor receives a mini-physical that includes a temperature check to ensure donors are healthy and well on the day of donation.
  • Only people who are healthy are eligible to donate blood.

Social Distancing at Blood Drives and Donor Centers

OneBlood has implemented additional social distancing safety protocols including:

  • Mobile Locations: Only a certain number of people will be permitted on the Big Red Bus at any one time. Donors will be asked to provide their cell phone number so they can wait in their car or outside the bloodmobile. They will be called when it is their turn to come aboard the bus to donate blood. 
  • Donor Centers: At OneBlood donor centers, donors can wait in the donor center, but will need to maintain a safe distance between other donors.  Or they can wait in their car and they will be called when it is their turn to donate.
  • Please be aware that we do NOT test for COVID-19. You should contact your health care provider if you want to be tested.  

The Need For Blood Does Not Stop

Patients like Yasmeen need blood regularly. So do cancer patients, premature babies, sickle cell patients and accident victims. Hospitals are trying to mitigate the effect of the coronavirus on the blood supply by limiting or postponing elective suregeries. However, for many patients the need remains constant despite the coronavirus.

 

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