Although, there have been no transfusion transmitted cases of the 2019 Coronavirus, the Red Cross is dedicated to ensuring blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection. Coronavirus (COVID-19) results in mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath and is easily communicated. Based upon the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we are taking extra precautions to protect our staff, donors and volunteers from the spread of this virus by using enhanced cleaning procedures, social distancing and the additional use of gloves and hand sanitizer.
Please READ the information below and DO NOT DONATE today if you have any of the risks listed:
DO NOT DONATE TODAY
- If you have traveled to or lived in the following countries/areas in the past 28 days. Please return to make a blood donation more than 28 days after your last departure from these countries/areas:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- If you have been diagnosed with or suspected of having Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 28 days. Please return to make a blood donation more than 28 days after your symptoms resolve.
- If you have cared for, lived with, or otherwise had close contact with an individual(s) diagnosed with or suspected of having Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 28 days. Please return to make a blood donation more than 28 days after your last contact.
Please do not donate to get a test for COVID-19. There is no test to screen blood donations for the Coronavirus and other respiratory viruses.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Donor and Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276.
2019 Coronavirus Information Sheet v-03/30/2020