The ARC has a scheduled blood drive at Hatboro Baptist Church (HBC) on Wednesday April 15, 2020. The blood drive will be held at the request of the ARC since this blood drive is an essential activity as outlined by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration. It is an imperative part of community health and public preparedness plans to maintain blood collection during this challenging time to ensure patient survival. The ARC shared the following information:
No transmission by blood – there are no reported cases of any respiratory virus being transmitted by blood, including COVID-19. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give blood.
- All donors are temperature-screened before being permitted into the blood drive. If temperature is above 99.5 degree F, the donor is asked to donate another time.
- All Red Cross staff are asked to check their temperature before presenting to work and will not report for work if they are showing any symptoms or test above 99.5 degree F.
- Blood donors are asked to use hand sanitizer before and during the donation process.
- Staff wear gloves throughout the donation process, changing gloves between donors.
- Donor beds are sanitized between each donor.
- ARC is implementing medically-recommended space between donors wherever possible. This includes the spacing of appointments, chairs and donor beds.
- Each day the ARC assesses the need and opportunity to enhance precautions.
- Donors who traveled within 28 days to selected regions will be asked to defer donating.
Donors are asked to make appointments with the ARC by calling 1-800-733-2767 or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org/give.
Donors can read the required paper work the day of the drive using RapidPass online at redcrossblood.org to save time on April 15th. Thank you.