The American Red Cross
Varies, see Schedule
4/4/2020: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic School, 312 South 4th Street
4/8/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd.
4/8/2020: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.
4/8/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., American Legion, 1110 N. 11th St
4/8/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Augustana College, 3435 9 /12 Ave.
4/9/2020: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sterling Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd Street
4/3/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Woodhull Alwood High School, 301 East 5th
Varies, see Schedule
Healthy? Eligible individuals who are feeling well can give blood or platelets even as concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus disease rise in the U.S.
Please make an appointment to donate blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Blood donors with type O blood and platelet donors are especially needed right now.
Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. There are no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus, including this coronavirus, from a transfusion.
he Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation – and who meet other eligibility requirements, available at RedCrossBlood.org. At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols including wearing gloves, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for every donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub. These mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection.
There is no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus, from a transfusion. Nonetheless, the Red Cross has implemented new blood donation deferrals out of an abundance of caution.
Individuals are asked to postpone their donation for 28 days following:
• Travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau
• Travel to Iran, Italy and South Korea
• Diagnosis of COVID-19
• Contact with a person who has, or is suspected to have, the virus.
As the situation evolves, the Red Cross will continue to evaluate all emerging risks in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and industry partners to determine if additional intervention strategies are needed. Together, we stand ready to keep the American public informed and prepared.