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There are a lot of fears going on with the COVID-19 outbreak, but we’re asking you to keep calm and keep your blood drive on the calendar. LifeServe Blood Center is working with the recommendations of our medical director, the CDC, and industry leaders to ensure the safety of the community blood supply as well as our donors, team members, and volunteers. In fact, we have implemented our Business Continuity Protocol as we actively work to keep the community blood supply stable. 

  • LifeServe Blood Center is not testing or screening for COVID-19 directly, but we do screen all donors to make sure they are healthy and eligible to donate.

  • All donors are screened to ensure they are feeling well. Individuals should not donate blood if they are feeling ill. Each donor also goes through a mini physical that includes a temperature check as well as a visual check on the donor's well-being (coughing, nose draining, hard time breathing, etc.).

  • Additional donor screening questions asking blood donors to self-defer if they’ve traveled to a country deemed a risk area by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been implemented as an industry-wide precaution to ensure the safety of the community blood supply.

  • As a healthcare type organization, cleaning and disinfecting are a regular part of our routine.

  • The safety and quality of the blood supply is not impacted by COVD-19 as there have been no transmissions of the novel virus through blood transfusion. 

  • Blood donation is not a mass gathering or social event. Individuals who are healthy and eligible to donate are strongly encouraged to do so in order to maintain an available blood supply.

Unfortunately, as COVD-19 is detected in local communities, social distancing is occurring and mobile blood drives, among other public activities and events, are cancelling. More than 70% of the local blood supply is provided by blood donors visiting mobile blood drive events.  Mobile blood drive cancellations and lack of blood donor turnout are already impacting the quantity of the local blood supply. It’s critical that we keep our blood drive on the calendar. For that reason, we’re urging our blood drives to continue as planned and for healthy donors to come on out.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

 


From The Community Blood Drive...
THANK YOU DINAH CREES, TIMOTHY KASS, DEWAYNE JUELFS, DONNA PETZOLDT, BRUCE NORGAARD, MARLENE VANDERLOO, DUANE SCHNEIDER, KORY KROEGER, and NORMAN HERBST
for donating and saving/sustaining over 33 local lives. Our next community blood drive in Merrill will be...

March 23rd 2020 from 2:30PM until 6:30PM at the community center on the bloodmobile.

Milestone Donors:
MARLENE K VANDERLOO 6+ Gallons
DUANE E SCHNEIDER 8+ Gallons


The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center.  As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 90 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.  LifeServe is committed to providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800-287-4903 or visit Life Serve Blood Center



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