Blood donations and coronavirus: How we’re keeping our community safe

Anne Arundel Medical Center blood mobile

Having a strong blood supply is more important than ever, especially as we continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (AAMC) Blood Donor Center is taking these steps for the health and safety of our community:

  1. We are practicing social distancing by keeping blood donors separate. We are also keeping a safe distance between blood donors and technicians. This includes decreasing the number of donations happening at the same time on our bloodmobile from six to two.
  2. Our donor interview process identifies healthy blood donors. We added several screening questions that are specific to coronavirus to our donor interview process. We also added a two-question telephone pre-screen for potential donors. This will disqualify anyone with symptoms or possible coronavirus exposure.

There is no evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted through a blood transfusion. For more details, you can check out the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks).

Every year, AAMC’s blood bank helps around 3,000 people heal from medical conditions and surgical procedures. Patients with cancer and other serious illnesses need transfusion support. And having a strong blood supply could save their lives.

Healthy individuals should schedule an appointment to donate for those in need. The Blood Donor Center is located inside AAMC’s Wayson Pavilion, suite 450. Donation times are Monday through Wednesday from 8:15 am – 3:45 pm and Thursday and Friday from 7:15 am – 2:45 pm. You can call 443-481-4215 to schedule a time to donate.

Check out our Events calendar on Facebook for more upcoming mobile blood drives.

Thank you for your support in keeping our community healthy!