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Blood donation exempt from stay-at-home order

Blood donation exempt from stay-at-home order

People need people, wherever they are; as a partnership of blood centers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, we can save more lives together. First and foremost your blood stays local; however, we’re better positioned to help if ever donations are low in another state or a hospital patient is in need of a rare blood type. Your blood donation today can help save lives tomorrow: www.versiti.org #SaveLivesDonateBlood

Grand Rapids, Mich. – March 23, 2020 – With the stay-at-home directives now implemented in Michigan, the Federal government has issued a guidance around COVID-19 related to blood donation. That guidance reminds the public that Versiti Blood Center of Michigan donor centers and community blood drives across the state remain open because of the critical nature of blood donation to our country. Healthy donors are still needed to ensure an adequate blood supply.  

According to the governor’s executive order, individuals are allowed to leave their residence for Healthcare and Public Health Operations. This includes “organizations collecting blood, platelets, plasma, and other necessary materials.”
Our dedicated teams are committed to serving donors and collect life-saving donations in environments which often will involve more than ten people within a physical space. This exception is supported by the agency noted above, as well as the directors of agencies such as HHS, FEMA, the Food and Drug Administration, and CISA of the Department of Homeland Security. 

“This is an extraordinary time in our country and for the healthcare community, of which Versiti Blood Center of Illinois is a critical partner,” said Chief Medical Officer Thomas Abshire.  “Versiti Blood Center of Michigan supplies blood to nearly 80 hospitals across the state. It is critically important to maintain an adequate blood supply so these hospitals can deliver life-saving blood products to trauma patients and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.” 

Ensuring blood donor and staff safety

Staff at our donor centers and community blood drives are using precautions consistent with the CDC and the American Association of Blood Banks recommendations while collecting donations. These include: prescreening both staff and donors for COVID-19 symptoms, complying with social distancing throughout the donation process, beds six feet apart and/or separated by a partition, wiping down surface areas and beds, and providing only packaged snack and drinks.
Due to the generous response from blood donors, it is best to schedule an appointment, call 1-866-642-5663 or visit Versiti.org/Michigan   

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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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