Recently, the CDC updated their mask guidelines and after consideration, the new mask policy will be that masks/face covering are voluntary for all donors and staff.
We understand that you may be more comfortable wearing a mask than going without it and we respect your decision. You can request that MEDIC staff wear a mask during screening or during your product collection.
We encourage you to do your part by continuing to wash your hands and stay home if you do not feel well. Remember, we want to see you, but you must be healthy and well to donate.
MEDIC will continue to follow the guidance from local, state, and federal agencies on best practices. When a guidance changes, we will continue to evaluate and/or update our policies.
Reminders about the Donation Process:
- After completing the initial check-in, each donor goes through a mini physical that includes a temperature check as well as a visual check on the donor’s well-being. We look for coughing, nose draining or if the donor is having a hard time breathing.
- Individuals should not donate if they are feeling ill.
- Donors are always asked a series of questions that include whether they have traveled outside the country.
- MEDIC follows appropriate infection control standards of donor rooms and mobile buses and uses single-use equipment for collection procedures and frequent cleaning and hand washing.
- Blood collected at MEDIC is always tested for various infectious diseases.
- Blood donation is not a mass gathering or social event.
- MEDIC is following Knox County Health Department guidelines and updates.
- According to the FDA, there is no known risk of transmission of COVID-19 through the blood donation process or from blood transfusions.
- According to the FDA, there is no intrinsic risk of the safety of the blood supply, but there is risk to the availability of blood for patients in need because of an increase in cancelled donation appointments and blood drives.
- The blood on the shelves right now is the blood that would be used in a trauma/disaster situation, for surgeries and for cancer patients in need of a blood transfusion due to treatments.
- MEDIC serves 25 hospitals in 22 counties.
- It is imperative that healthy and well individuals continue to donate in the coming weeks.