The need for blood donations is constant throughout the year despite the COVID-19 pandemic continuing.
The Community Blood Bank is urging all donors to make an appointment before attending blood drives in order to adhere to social distancing and limit the number of donors at the mobile blood drive while ensuring the needed blood donations are collected.
The CBB is going above and beyond precautionary measures to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all donors, staff and volunteers.
These precautionary measures include; all staff members are wearing masks, temperatures of all personnel at the blood collection location are taken prior to entering the blood drive, extra sanitation measures are taken in between every donor and only allowing a limited amount of blood donors on the blood mobile at one time.
Other donors may be asked to wait in their cars or outside (weather permitting) until it is your turn to come on the blood mobile.
As the exclusive local blood supplier to the hospitals in Erie County, donating blood and maintaining an adequate blood supply is essential for the safety and wellbeing of the local community.
It is imperative that healthy individuals continue to donate to minimize disruptions to the blood supply and ensure blood is available for patients in need.
Since it is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives, maintaining a sufficient blood supply is essential to ensure patients in need receive optimal treatment.
Please consider coverage for the following blood drives:
Call the CBB at 814-456-4206 to schedule your appointment to donate.
“The turnout since the beginning of the COVID-19 has been amazing,” Jaclyn Seymour, community relations specialist for the Community Blood Bank said. “However, the need for blood is constant everyday no matter what. It is essential we maintain an adequate blood supply for premature babies being born, those who are living with or battling illnesses and rely on platelets for their treatments or for those who may experience and accident or trauma that requires a life-saving blood transfusion.”
Blood collection activities are not considered mass gatherings; rather they occur in a controlled environment with a healthy population.