Salem, IN (April 29, 2020) – The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, recently encouraged healthy citizens to continue to give blood during the coronavirus pandemic. He stated, “You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”
City of Salem Mayor, Justin Green, has partnered with the Indiana Red Cross to host a blood drive tomorrow, May 1, 2020 at the Senior Center to help maintain the national supply. The Red Cross notes that, “donating blood products in essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations.”
Due to the nature of blood donation and the uses of donated blood, volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. The Red Cross reassures donors that they, “follow the highest standards of safety and infection control,” and they, “greatly appreciate the generosity” of healthy individuals giving blood during the pandemic to help keep hospital shelves stocked.
Safety protocols in place at donation sites include but are not limited to, wiping down donor-touched areas after every collection, using sterile collection sets for every donation, conducing mini-physicals to ensure donors are health and well on the day of donation, temperature checks, enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment, hand-sanitizer, distance between donors, and face masks.
If you would like to help keep the national blood supply stocked, please visit the City of Salem Red Cross blood donation site tomorrow, May 1, 2020 at the Senior Center in Salem, 1705 N Shelby Street, from 11:00am – 3:00pm. For the safety of the donor community and in accordance with CDC guidelines, all donors are required to wear a
face covering or mask to your donation. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you.
For more information or to sign up, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).