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Coronavirus Information

Blood donation is always vital, and Versiti is keeping our donors safe.

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There is no substitute for the lifesaving gift of blood. It is precious. It is perishable. And the need for it is vital. Please consider a blood donation today.

As members of the Versiti family, we lift each other up. Across all of our communities, we’ve seen loyal donors like you turn out in droves to answer the call to save lives, and we are humbled and eternally grateful for your heroic efforts. Thanks for your continued support, grace, and understanding to our donor services teams!

Together with you, we are a beacon of hope.

Ensuring Donor Safety

Donor Health & Registration:

  • All donor-facing staff will have their temperature taken prior to beginning their work day
  • Donors temperatures will be taken at registration to ensure they are not elevated prior to entering donation areas
  • Donors will be asked if they've come in contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19
  • Donors will be asked to wash hands prior to screening
  • Donors will be asked if they are currently experiencing coughing or shortness of breath
  • If any of the above is true, donors will be asked to self-defer

Social Distancing:

  • We encourage all donors to make an appointment to lessen the amount of people waiting at our donor centers
  • To comply with government regulations, all sponsors and donors must wear personal masks at donor centers and mobile drives
  • Ensuring six feet of space between chairs in waiting areas and cafe
  • Ensuring six feet of space between donation chairs and/or separation with medical screens
  • If appointment registration congestion occurs, we will ask for your cell phone number and text when your appointment is ready

Cleaning:

  • We clean all equipment, beds, and other surfaces after each donor finishes their donation
  • Changing gloves frequently and between donors is part of our normal practice
  • We will maintain sanitized pen bins, so donors are only using clean pens at sign-in

Coronavirus Disease FAQs

  • Are donor center and blood drive staff required to wear a face mask?

    We are currently following recommendations by the CDC about face masks as well as how to properly defend against COVID-19.  Currently it is mandated for our staff to wear a mask at donor centers and blood drives, even though they are dealing with a healthy population.  Versiti staff members are following many new safety measures to ensure donor safety, as well as their own.

  • Do you or can you do antibody testing if I suspect that I had COVID19 but do not have a positive confirmation?

    Thank you for reaching out to us.  We are not performing any type of testing for COVID19 on blood donors.  We continue to follow all FDA and CDC guidelines related to blood donation and coronavirus.  COVID-19 is not believed to be transmitted by blood transfusion, so there is no intent for us to test donations at any point.   If you’d like to donate blood, you are able to as long as you’ve been symptom free for 14 days.

Letter from Chief Medical Officer, Thomas Abshire, MD

 

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Versiti Blood Center of Illinois

Blood centers are open, however our Elgin location is closed due to staff availability.

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Versiti Blood Center of Indiana

Our blood centers are still open! Shelter in place directives do not include blood donation.

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Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

Our blood centers are still open! Shelter in place directives do not include blood donation.

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Versiti Blood Center of Ohio

Blood drives are still running! Find one near you.

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Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin

Our blood centers are still open! Shelter in place directives do not include blood donation.

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Versiti is collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help treat others diagnosed with the virus. 

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