On Saturday, I attended a press conference at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center - Donor Pavilion, where Mayor Ron Nirenberg declared that donating blood is an essential activity in San Antonio.
The primary message of the press conference was that many blood drives have been canceled in recent days because of coronavirus concerns, and healthy people are needed to donate to help prevent a secondary public health crisis caused by the collapse of the blood supply. Already, local hospitals are being forced to postpone elective surgeries – and 600 units of blood are needed every day to help close the gap.
What’s a way your team members and contacts can donate blood while still following social distancing guidelines? Encourage them to give at the special blood drive set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday at the Alamodome. With its wide-open spaces, the Alamodome allows for the recommended social distancing between donor beds as well as in waiting and check-in areas. The drive – as well as donations at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donor rooms – will be by appointment only, to manage donor flow and avoid crowding.
At a time when people are feeling powerless, giving blood is a way to help those in need – people needing surgery, accident victims, new mothers and their babies, cancer patients, and many more.
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has taken numerous precautions to keep donors safe. They’re also asking everyone to help spread the word on social media. Click for their Facebook page,Twitter feed, and Instagram.
Thank you for helping to support patients in our community.