CBCO urges donors to give blood during coronavirus outbreak

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood and plasma to patients at more than 40 area healthcare facilities, is urging healthy individuals to continue to donate blood at an upcoming CBCO donor center or blood drive in the region. Maintaining an adequate blood supply is a healthcare imperative and healthy individuals should donate to minimize potential disruptions.

As of March 24, 2020, CBCO has lost more than 3,000 donations of blood scheduled for March and April 2020 due to the coronavirus situation. Considering the fact that we need 200 donations each day to meet the needs of your local hospitals, this is a huge loss. We need local donors to continue to provider for local patients. (A list of canceled blood drives, updated each weekday, is below.)

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Springfield’s mayor issued a stay-at-home order. It is important to note that blood donors and blood center employees are exempt from this order. The full text of the order is available HERE. Local patients still need you, donors!

If you’re donating blood, platelets, or plasma with anyone in the area besides Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, you’re potentially putting local patients at risk. We are the exclusive provider to all area hospitals, including children’s and veterans hospitals.

Is it safe to donate blood?

Yes, it is safe to donate blood. There have been no cases of anyone being infected with coronavirus through donate blood or receiving donated blood.

CBCO takes safety precautions each day as required by the FDA, but additional procedures have been put into place due to the coronavirus situation, including:

  • Taking the temperature of each donor before they enter a CBCO donor room or mobile blood drive.
  • Sanitation stations set up at each blood drive including hand sanitizer and plastic gloves.
  • Encouraging non-donating spouses or children who accompany a donor NOT to enter the donor room with the donor.
  • Spacing donor beds farther apart.
  • Sanitizing squeezies and wiping down donor beds between donors.
  • Encouraging donors to make appointments so that we may control the flow of donors at our facilities, keeping the number of individuals low.
  • Reminding donors to use our Donor QuickPass online before arriving at a blood drive. This allows donors to complete registration and health history using a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and keeps donors from needing to touch CBCO tablets to complete this information.
  • As always, please do not attempt to donate blood unless you are feeling well and healthy. If you donate and begin to feel unwell afterwards, please follow the directions on the paperwork you are given at the blood drive and call us.

“Many people are thinking about the coronavirus outbreak and how it may affect their day to day activities in the future,” CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts said. “But the fact is that the coronavirus is not known to be transmitted by blood donation or transfusion. Any negative impact that the virus could have would be by people deciding not to keep their regular donation habits intact. Blood is a critical component of our area healthcare system. It’s also a perishable product, meaning that it must be replenished at regular intervals. We’re asking healthy people to give in the same way they always have. It’s important to know that blood donation remains a safe activity that has a real, positive impact on people’s lives.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports no cases of coronavirus transmission through blood, similar to other respiratory coronaviruses like SARS and MERS which also are not known to spread via transfusion.

Find out more information from America’s Blood Centers and AABB at this link: http://www.aabb.org/press/Pages/pr200304.aspx

To find the location/hours of one of our donor centers in Springfield, MO, Joplin, MO, Bentonville, AR, or Springdale, AR, please click HERE.

To find a mobile blood drive in your city, please click HERE. Or to find a mobile blood drive in your county, click HERE.

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BLOOD DRIVE CANCELLATIONS:

Updated 3/24/20 at 5:00 p.m. Alphabetical by sponsor name.

Adult Wellness, Rogers, AR – Drive date 3/23/20

American National, Springfield, MO – Drive date 4/21/20

Arvest Bank, Springdale, AR – Drive date 3/26/20

Bentonville High School, Bentonville, AR (on hold as of 3/9/20) – Drive date 4/10/20

Billings High School, Billings, MO – Drive date 3/18/20

Blue Eye High School, Blue Eye, MO – Drive date 3/25/20

Brewer Science, Rolla, MO – Drive date 4/3/20

Cabool High School, Cabool, MO – Drive date 3/31/20

Camdenton High School, Camdenton, MO – Drive date 3/23/20

Camdenton United Methodist Church, Camdenton, MO – Drive date 4/13/20

Central Research, Lowell, AR – Drive date 3/31/20

Central Research, Springdale, AR – Drive date 3/31/20

Climax Springs High School, Climax Springs, MO – Drive date 4/3/20

Cobb Vantress, Inc., Siloam Springs, AR – Drive date 4/2/20

College Heights Christian School, Joplin, MO – Drive date 4/2/20

Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 3/19/20

Crowder College, Webb City, MO – Drive date 4/27/20

David Harrison Elementary School, Springfield, MO – Drive date 3/23/20

Decatur High School, Decatur, AR (on hold as of 3/9/20) – Drive date 3/30/20

Digital Monitoring Products, Springfield, MO – Drive date 3/30/20

Elks Lodge, Holiday Island, AR – Drive date 4/6/20

Elks Lodge, Kimberling City, MO – Drive date 3/24/20

Greene County Public Safety Center, Springfield, MO – Drive date 4/2/20

Greenfield High School, Greenfield, MO – Drive date 3/27/20

Haas Hall Academy – Bentonville, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 3/13/20

Haas Hall Academy – Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR – Drive date 3/17/20

Hermitage High School, Hermitage, MO – Drive date 3/30/20

Hillcrest High School, Springfield, MO – Drive date 3/27/20

Kanakuk Kamps, Inc., Branson, MO – Drive date 4/1/20

Kawneer Company, Springdale, AR – Drive date 3/26/20

Kickapoo High School, Springfield, MO – Drive date 4/14/20

Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, MO (on hold as of 3/16/20) – Drive date 4/13/20

Lebanon High School, Lebanon, MO – Drive date 4/6/20

Lockwood High School, Lockwood, MO – Drive date 3/25/20

Logan-Rogersville High School, Rogersville, MO – Drive date 3/25/20

Lowe Boats, Lebanon, MO – Drive date 4/28/20

Miller High School, Miller, MO – Drive date 3/17/20

Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO – Drive date 3/27/20

Missouri Veterans Home, St. James, MO – Drive date 4/21/20

Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, MO – Drive date 3/24/20

Niangua High School, Niangua, MO – Drive date 3/31/20

Nixa High School, Nixa, MO – Drive date 4/2/20

Norwood High School, Norwood, MO – Drive date 4/3/20

Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 4/29/20

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO – Drive date 4/22/20

Parkview High School, Springfield, MO – Drive date 3/24/20

PAM Transport, Tontitown, AR – Drive date 3/19/20

Pierce City High School, Pierce City, MO – Drive date 4/1/20

Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS – Drive date 4/27/20

Purdy High School, Purdy, MO – Drive date 3/25/20

Riverton High School, Riverton, KS – Drive date 3/30/10

Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Laurie, MO – Drive date 4/13/20

Sam’s Club Home Office, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 3/18/20

Seneca High School, Seneca, MO – Drive date 4/7/20

Seymour Lions Club, Seymour, MO – Drive date 4/3/20

Skyline High School, Urbana, MO – Drive date 4/3/20

Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO – Drive date 4/22/20

Stoutland High School, Stoutland, MO – Drive date 3/31/20

University of Arkansas, Pat Walker Health Center, Fayetteville, AR – Drive date 4/14/20

University of Arkansas Derby Days, Fayetteville, AR – Drive dates 4/15/20 and 3/16/20

United Methodist Church, Windsor, MO – Drive date 3/19/20

United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, MO – Drive date 3/30/20

Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR – Drive date 3/16/20

Walmart Hog Wild II Building, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 3/18/20

Walmart Home Office, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 4/1/20

Walmart J Street Building, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 4/15/20

Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, AR – Drive date 3/20/20

Zebra Technologies, Bentonville, AR – Drive date 3/19/20