Mar 25, 2020
by Vesta Copestakes
Senator McGuire, Assembly member Wood Sonoma County Blood bank critical blood drives.
Both blood drives - Friday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 31 will be held in the giant Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. All blood donations are by appointment only, rather than walk-up.
Sonoma County and all of Northern California is facing an urgent situation as hundreds of blood drives across the state have been canceled due to the coronavirus.
More than 50 percent of mobile donations generated from blood drives have canceled in the month of March across the Bay Area and that challenging trend will likely continue into April and May.
It is completely safe to donate blood at this time. Blood bank staff follow rigorous safety and disinfection protocols at blood drives – and they will be taking temperatures before donors give blood. Blood drives are considered an essential service.
Currently, all blood types and components are needed, especially type O blood donations. Type O-negative blood is the universal blood type: ER doctors reach for it first to help stabilize patients before their blood type is known.
here's a link to answer your question: https://www.vitalant.org/Donate/Donor-Eligibility.aspx
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That’s why Assemblymember Jim Wood and Senator Mike McGuire teamed up with Sonoma County’s Blood Bank, Vitalant, for a critical blood drive this Friday, and due to an overwhelming response, a second Drive was added next Tuesday. Both events completely booked up within minutes of an email being received by the community.
“There is an urgent need to replenish blood supplies during the coronavirus and Sonoma County has stepped up big time to help meet the demand,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “While I am never surprised by our County’s generosity, we were blown away by the quick response. Both blood drives completely booked up within minutes and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
“I know how much people want to help, and they just may not know what do,” said Assemblymember Wood. “Donating blood is a truly meaningful way to make a difference.”
“As a proud member of the Sonoma County community, I know how this community rallies in time of need and now is no exception. We need to plan with social distancing in mind and for the future. We are focused on maintaining a strong blood supply now and throughout the year – It is the blood on the shelf that saves lives when tragedy strikes. Blood is essential and donors are essential. Because blood has a shelf life, it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis. Please make an appointment to give … and remember, if you cannot give now, we will need you in the weeks and months to come. Make blood donation a habit,” said Andrea Casson, Manager, Vitalant Donor Recruitment.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted COVID-19. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process or via a blood transfusion, since respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion.
This is not the first time the spread of a strain of the coronavirus disease. No cases of transfusion-transmission were ever reported for the other two coronaviruses (SARS and MERS-CoV) that emerged during the past two decades.
People who are feeling sick should not think that they can come in and get a test by donating blood because - it's not true, More info here > http://www.giveblood.org/mythbusters-the-truth-about-coronavirus-(covid-19)
Routine blood donor screening measures are already in place to prevent individuals with clinical respiratory infections from donating blood. https://thebloodconnection.org
Respiratory viruses, in general, are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/safety-availability-biologics/updated-information-blood-establishments-regarding-novel-coronavirus-outbreak
If the outbreak continues to spread, additional challenges could arise, which could potentially reduce the number of eligible donors.
To ensure an adequate blood supply it is imperative that healthy, eligible individuals donate blood so that an adequate blood supply can be maintained at all times.
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