The American Red Cross will be having a blood drive on 4/28. For more details on locations, times, and how to sign up visit the event page.

IS IT SAFE TO GIVE BLOOD DURING THIS TIME? The American Red Cross understands why people may be hesitant to come out for a blood drive, but want to reassure the public that they have implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors and staff in response to concern, including:

• Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering to make sure they are healthy
• Providing hand sanitizer for use before donating, as well as throughout the donation process
• Spacing beds to follow social distancing practices between blood donors, and
• Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
 

Red Cross employees already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection, including: Wearing gloves and changing gloves with each donor, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub. NOTE: There is no evidence and there are no reported cases of the coronavirus – or any respiratory virus - being transmitted by a blood transfusion.