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     March 11, 2020      #64-71 KDJ
 

Red Cross urges continued blood donations 

Daily Journal staff report

The American Red Cross is urging healthy, eligible individuals to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, rise in the U.S.

Cold and flu season already has impacted the nation’s ability to maintain its blood supply. As the number of coronavirus cases grows in the U.S., the number of people eligible to give blood for patients in need could decrease further, according to a news release.

“We’re asking the American people to help keep the blood supply stable during this challenging time,” said Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services. “As communities across the country prepare for this public health emergency, it’s critical that plans include a readily available blood supply for hospital patients. As fears of coronavirus rise, low donor participation could harm blood availability at hospitals, and the last thing a patient should worry about is whether life-saving blood will be on the shelf when they need it most.”

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, officials with the organization say. 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 the coronavirus, from a transfusion, according to a news release.

The 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.

Donation restrictions

The American Red Cross says there are no data or evidence that the coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion and that there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus, including the 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, as well as 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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Iroquois County

Buckley

April 4, 1 to 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran High School, 201 W. Lincoln

Gilman

March 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Iroquois West High School, 529 E. Second St.

Watseka

March 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Legion Post 23, South 4th St.

Kankakee County

Aroma Park

March 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division

Bourbonnais

March 20, 2 to 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.

March 31, 2 to 7 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 1560 Career Center Rd.

April 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Olivet Nazarene University, 1 University Ave.

Bradley

March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, and April 9, noon to 6 p.m., Bradley Village Hall, 147 S. Michigan

Herscher

March 13, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Herscher High School, 501 N. Main St.

Momence

April 6, 2 to 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine

Saint Anne

March 17, noon to 5:30 p.m., St. Anne Community Drive, 650 W. Guertin

Red Cross committed to blood supply safety

Donation restrictions

The American Red Cross says there are no data or evidence that the coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion and that there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus, including the 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, as well as 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. 

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