Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

January 24, 2020 at 8:06 am

COVID-19 is a new strain of the coronavirus that can cause respiratory illness. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and as of February 13, 2020, over 46,000  cases have been confirmed in China. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed fifteen cases within the United States (four in Northern California).

While the risk to the blood supply currently appears to be low, as a precautionary measure we are voluntarily implementing a 4-week travel deferral for China (including airports but excluding Hong Kong and Macau) on Friday, February 14, 2020. Note that there is no increased risk of getting 2019-nCoV through donating blood.

As the global health situation evolves, our medical directors will continue monitoring the situation and any updates from the FDA, AABB and CDC to determine if additional precautions should be taken for blood safety. Any additional updates to our policies will be posted promptly to this page.

In the meantime, if you have been diagnosed with (or are suspected of having) COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with (or suspected of having) COVID-19, please call our Resource Nurse at 650- 725-7336 to discuss your eligibility to donate. If you have recently donated blood and any of the above scenarios apply, please call our Post-Donation Callback Line at 650-724-996 immediately so we can evaluate your previous donations.