WYOMING — In response to the blood shortage crisis, Wyoming Governor Gordon, along with governors across the United States, have honored the request of American Red Cross, Dr. Daliah Wachs, syndicated radio personality, and blood banks across the country to proclaim a state Blood Donation Day on September 4.
There is no inherent risk of getting coronavirus from the donation procedure itself, according to AABB, a nonprofit representing the blood transfusion field. To minimize the risk of contracting it from others at a blood drive or donation center, Vitalant’s staff follow the most updated CDC guidelines and adhere to rigorous safety and disinfection protocols that include wearing gloves and personal protective gear, wiping down donor-touched areas often and after every collection, using sterile collection sets for every donation/collection, and arm scrubbing for 30 seconds.
It should also be noted that blood donation does not impact or weaken a donor’s immune system. Due to the nature of the virus, it is highly unlikely that it can be transmitted through blood transfusions. There are no reported cases.
On top of Wyoming Blood Donation Day on September 4, National Blood Donation Week is September 1 through September 7.
National Blood Donation Week occurs the first week of September each year during National Preparedness Month.
All donors are encouraged to fill out their Fast Track health history questionnaire on the day of their appointment. Do this online. You can print out your Fast Track ticket at home or have it on your smartphone.
Questions and concerns, especially in light of the current pandemic, are anticipated. Check Vitalent’s FAQ section for answers to commonly asked questions. If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website, please reach out to Sandy Thomas with Vitalant at 307-922-2366.
On March 19, the FDA stated, “Maintaining adequate levels of our nation’s blood supply is critical. People who donate blood are equivalent to those people who are working in a critical infrastructure industry. In volunteering to do so, they are contributing immeasurably to the public health of our nation.”
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