Cape Cod Healthcare Reminds Donors it is Safe to Give Blood
(Hyannis, MA – March 13, 2020) - Over the past week, blood centers throughout the country are experiencing a significant drop in donations which is limiting the ability for the nation’s blood supply to be adequately replenished.
Jonathan DeCoste, senior blood donor recruiter at Cape Cod Healthcare has emphasized, “the Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Program continues to need blood. We are still running the same drives and hours that we have scheduled on our calendar. While all types are needed, we are especially in need of O negative” said DeCoste.
The list of drives can be found at https://www.capecodhealth.org/ways-to-give/blood-center/
Information can also be found on the Cape Cod Healthcare Facebook page.
“We have modified our travel deferral policy - due to the Coronavirus outbreak in numerous countries throughout Europe, Asia and India, we are taking precautions to defer blood donors who have traveled to areas with widespread or ongoing community spread for 28 days from the date of departure from these countries based on CDC level 3 travel notices,” noted DeCoste. This is subject to change based on the CDC’s daily updates.
It’s important for people to know the coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.
“We need people to start turning out in force to give blood.” That urgent call-to-action coming from Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, as fear about the coronavirus is keeping people from wanting to donate blood.
“It is safe to donate blood,” said Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Part of preparedness includes a robust blood supply. Healthy individuals should schedule an appointment to donate today to ensure that blood is available for those patients who need it,” said Giroir.
The comments from the federal agencies come as the entire blood banking community is uniting in urging people to donate blood and for organizations to keep hosting blood drives.
The FDA has reiterated that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus and the virus poses no known risk to patients receiving blood transfusions.