We Are Blood’s COVID-19 Safety Measures

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 | Category: Latest Articles

We Are Blood actively monitors COVID-19 risk levels, cases numbers, hospital admissions, community spread, and the recommendations of health authorities to adapt our safety policies to match current conditions.

As Central Texas continues to navigate COVID-19 impacts, We Are Blood urgently asks our community to donate blood and platelets to prevent local blood shortages that put patients at risk.

We Are Blood provides an essential service to Central Texas by ensuring lifesaving blood and platelet donations are collected and distributed to patients in need. First and foremost we want to let you know that the FDA has found no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted via blood transfusion. It is completely safe to donate blood and receive a blood transfusion.

To ensure that we can keep our community safe while collecting blood donations, we have implemented the following protocols to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus:

  • Due to Central Texas’ low-risk COVID-19 status and guidance from our local health authorities and the CDC, face masks are optional at We Are Blood locations. Upon request, staff members will wear masks when interacting with donors. Face covering policies at We Are Blood mobile drives will reflect the policies of our drive host locations. We Are Blood will monitor risk levels, cases, hospitalizations, and spread and make changes to our mask policy as deemed necessary.
  • Donation appointments have been made mandatory at our donor centers to avoid crowding.
  • Every donation bed, interview booth, questionnaire computer, and squeeze ball at all donor centers and mobile blood drives are wiped down and cleaned after each donor’s use.
  • All donor center and mobile blood drive waiting rooms and canteen recovery areas are wiped down and cleaned every hour.
  • Health and wellness screenings are conducted on each potential donor to prevent those not feeling well from donating.
  • Donors are encouraged to maintain 6 feet social distancing in our waiting and canteen areas by staff and signage. Furniture has been arranged at all three of our donor centers to provide sitting opportunities 6 feet apart.
  • Social distancing is encouraged and maintained when possible between staff and donors. Staff is instructed to step away from donors after the donation process has begun, only coming within six feet to place the donation needle, take vitals, disconnect, and make adjustments.

If you have made an appointment to donate and do not feel well, please cancel your appointment by contacting us via email or calling us at 512-206-1266.

In order to keep our blood donors and staff healthy, we ask that any individuals who have recently had A COVID-19 diagnosis or are suspected of having COVID-19 wait the following periods before attempting to donate blood:

At least 10 days after complete resolution of COVID-19 symptoms  OR

At least 10 days after a positive test, if no symptoms occurred

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and do everything in our power to protect our donors and our staff. Thank you for your continued support and we ask that if you do feel well, please consider donating. Go online to book your appointment here:

https://www.weareblood.org/donor