The COVID-19 pandemic has meant lots of changes to our routine blood drive schedules, policies, and procedures! Here you can find a list of our materials, updates, and more.
April 6: LifeServe Seeks Recovered COVID-19 Patients for Plasma Donations
April 3: LifeServe Responds to Sweeping FDA Changes
March 24: Book an Appointment!
March 12: Local Blood Supply a Concern
March 12: FDA Urges People to Donate Blood as Coronavirus Fears Intensity
February 3: Coronavirus and the Blood Supply
INFOGRAPHICS AND VIDEOS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How are we keeping donors safe from COVID-19?
The safety of our blood supply and our blood donors is our top priority. As a healthcare type organization, cleaning has always been the name of the game. We have doubled (maybe even tripled!) our disinfecting and sanitizing routines. We’re also practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC. That’s why it’s important for donors to schedule an appointment – we are not accepting walk-in donors so we can ensure a safe environment for donors and our team members.
Additionally, LifeServe Blood Center has implemented additional donor screening questions and is monitoring the health of every LifeServe team member.
Are you cleaning everything?
Yes! We have team members dedicated to disinfecting donor chairs, snack areas, equipment, doorknobs, counters, and other high traffic areas. We routinely clean at blood drives, but have doubled our efforts.
How do we know donors are healthy?
Our regular screening process will catch an unwell donor, but to put in an extra line of defense, we have added additional screening questions and procedures regarding donor travel and exposure to COVID-19. We follow all guidelines and criteria for blood donor suitability from the FDA and CDC.
Additionally, we’re asking that donors check their temperature before coming to their appointment. Only donors with temperatures under 99.5 will be allowed to donate. If your temperature is higher than 99.5, please cancel your appointment and reschedule for a later date.
How do we know LifeServe team members are healthy?
The health of our team members is extremely important, and another critical asset to ensure the health of our blood donors. LifeServe team members are required to take their temperature before reporting to work. Team members with a fever are required to stay home until they have been fever free (without the use of medication to reduce fever) for 72 hours.
What about the gathering of ten recommendation? Don’t you have too many people in one place?
Blood drives and donor centers have been exempted from the recommendation that gatherings of ten be cancelled, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Blood is a critical part of healthcare and blood drives are essential to the health of our country.
Can you catch COVID-19 from a blood transfusion?
There have been no known transfusion-related transmissions of novel COVID-19 or other coronaviruses. This coronavirus is not transmitted through blood. Recipients are at no risk of contracting COVID-19 due to a blood transfusion.
Are you shortening the eight week time frame for deferrals?
No. We are not shortening the deferral time between donations. These time periods are set by the FDA to ensure donor safety.
Am I eligible to donate?
Blood donors who are feeling healthy and well are generally eligible to donate. For more information on donor eligibility, click here.
I’m a first time donor. Do I need to know my blood type in order to schedule an appointment? What kind of appointment do I need?
No, you do not need to know your blood type in order to schedule an appointment. We look forward to being able to share that information with you post-donation! We encourage first time donors to book a whole blood appointment. Book your appointment here.
Is a blood shortage a real problem?
Yes, but it can be avoided by consistent volunteer donor turnout. Since COVID-19 is a global issue, it’s critical to have steady donations over the next few months. There’s not a blood center in the country that’s not affected by this pandemic – which means the national blood supply is drastically impacted.
How many drives have you cancelled?
We have cancelled more than 200 blood drives due to COVID-19 related school and business closings, accounting for more than 6,000 units of blood.
Can you get tested for COVID-19 by donating blood?
NO! We do not test for COVID-19 and only healthy donors with no exposure risk will be allowed to donate blood. Do not give blood if you think you may have COVID-19.
Will donating blood lower my immune system?
How can I help?
Schedule an appointment to give blood in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead! We’re trying to ensure a stable blood supply in the coming weeks ahead and consistent donor appointments will guarantee that!
Can I walk in?
No. We are not accepting walk ins at this time in order to maintain adequate social distancing and enhanced health and safety protocols.
Can I donate with a national organization to help my community?
No. Only blood donated with LifeServe Blood Center is transfused at local hospitals. LifeServe is the sole provider of blood to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.