Donating blood during COVID-19
Blood donors are needed now. Blood donation is an essential service to the community. Cancer does not stop. Chemotherapy cannot get rescheduled. Emergency surgery still happens. Our community will continue to rely on volunteer blood donors in the coming weeks and months, because there is no substitute.
Blood centers and blood donors are recognized as essential critical infrastructure during the response to COVID-19.
Under the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has listed blood donors as essential. Their guidance document outlines the importance of blood donation, blood banks, and blood donors to public health.
To donate blood you must:
- Be 17 years old (or 16 with parental or guardian consent)
- Weigh at least 110 lbs for donors 19 years old and older (donors ages 16-, 17- and 18-years-old must meet height and weight requirements
- Be in good general health
- Undergo a brief health screening
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Blood Donation Guidelines:
- Temperature pre-screening to ensure health of donors immediately upon entry
- Routine screening process already in place accounts for understanding travel history and includes a wellness check
- A self-deferral has been added to the prescreening process asking donors who are not feeling well, who are suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19, or live with someone who is suspected or confirmed in having COVID-19, to refrain from donating.