COVID-19 & Blood Donation
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Masks / Face Coverings
Masks and/or face shields are required for all CBC employees. Donors are also asked to wear a mask while donating. Please understand that during certain parts of the donation process, such as the post-donation food and drinks, masks may need to be removed.
As of July 16, CBC is conducting the coronavirus antibody test on all blood, platelet and plasma donations. This test is done to identify possible convalescent plasma donors who can join us in the fight against COVID-19. Testing all donations will help us potentially identify more donors who can help patients suffering from the coronavirus. The coronavirus antibody test is one of the more than 12 tests performed on every unit as we prepare blood for clinical needs.
If you are recovered from COVID-19 and want to learn more, please complete the convalescent plasma interest form and a member of our team will be in touch soon.Convalescent Plasma Form
Notification of test results:
- If antibodies are detected in your blood sample, you’ll receive a phone call from our team in approximately 14 working day informing you of this. We will then work with you to schedule a convalescent plasma donation. You will also receive a formal letter in the mail.
- CBC only notifies blood donors of test results when they are positive. Even though our intention is to test every donation, it is possible your unit may not be tested for the coronavirus antibodies. If you are not notified of a positive test result indicating the detection of coronavirus antibodies, you should not assume you had a negative test result.
Additional information related to the use of convalescent plasma:
- COVID-19 convalescent plasma has not been approved or licensed by FDA;
- COVID-19 convalescent plasma has been authorized by FDA under an EUA;
- COVID-19 convalescent plasma is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic under section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.
If you are a public health official, hospital representative, treating physician or other members of the healthcare community, we’d like to hear from you.
Please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can talk about partnering on this important health treatment.
CBC & ThedaCare Encourage Convalescent Plasma Donations
Blood donation is an essential service to the community
Cancer does not stop. Chemotherapy cannot get rescheduled. Emergency surgery still happens. Our community will continue to rely on volunteer blood donors in the coming weeks and months, because there is no substitute.
Blood centers and blood donors are recognized as essential critical infrastructure during the response to COVID-19.
Under the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has listed blood donors as essential. Their guidance document outlines the importance of blood donation, blood banks and blood donors to public health.
Safety is the Top Priority
Here’s what we’re doing to ensure the safest donation environment possible:
Be Safe Wisconsin
CBC has joined local health organizations, officials and advocates to call on Northeast and Central Wisconsin residents to maintain their active role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Be Safe Wisconsin encourages community members’ ongoing commitment to flattening the COVID-19 curve, and we are pleased to join like-minded organizations and individuals in amplifying the importance of a sustained commitment to safe behaviors. Learn more about Be Safe Wisconsin at besafewisconsin.org.
Find a Pop Up Donor Center Near You
To help ensure an adequate blood supply is available, and to ensure access to blood donation opportunities, The Community Blood Center is creating “Pop Up Donor Centers” in various communities throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
CBC Press Releases
- The Community Blood Center Will Collect Plasma From Recovered COVID-19 Patients To Help Treat Others (4/6/2020)
- More than 700 Units of Blood Lost in the Last Week: “Pop Up Donor Centers” Being Created in Various Communities (3/17/2020)
- Community Urged to Donate Blood to Ensure Ample Blood Supply Amid Coronavirus Concerns (3/12/2020)
Blood Industry Resources and Communications
- Blood Community Unites to Support COVID-19 Patients (4/6/2020)
- Community Blood Center Mobilize to Assist COVID-19 Patients (4/6/2020)
- “We Need People to Start Turning Out in Force to Give Blood” – FDA Urging People to Donate Blood as Coronavirus Fears Intensify (3/12/2020)
- “One thing we should all consider, especially our Millennials and Gen-Z’s, is donating blood.” – U.S. Surgeon General, March 19, 2020
General Resources: COVID-19
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