FERNDALE, Wash. — Donating blood is considered an essential activity and, as such, blood donors are exempt from Washington State’s “Stay home, Stay healthy” order. Donations are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting patients battling life-threatening illnesses like leukemia and other cancers, according to Bloodworks Northwest officials.
To help meet demand, a “pop-up” donation site will be set up in the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center on Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th.
A pop-up donor center was set up at the Community Center in June that resulted in 82 donors fulfilling the needs of as many as 228 patients according to Bloodworks Northwest officials.
The one-hour donations at the pop-up donor center are by appointment only. The pop-up centers are being conducted in accordance with physical distancing guidelines. No walk-ins, guests or people under age 16 will be permitted onsite.
Bloodworks has implemented increased safety and social distancing measures at donor centers in compliance with all local and state recommendations to ensure that the critical act of donation experience is as safe and pleasant as possible. All donors are required to wear masks or face coverings at their donation appointment. Bring your own mask or face covering. For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus.
Donors are asked not to donate if any of the following applies within 28 days prior to your appointment:
- You traveled to any area with novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak – For example, city of Wuhan, China or Hubei Provence, China
- You lived with individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having novel COVID-19 infection
- You have been diagnosed with or suspected of having novel COVID-19 infection