Ways to donate during COVID-19
As the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues, blood centers throughout the U.S. have seen a significant drop in donations, which is hindering the ability to replenish lifesaving blood supplies.
To donate, you can start by finding a nearby blood center at Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide (AABB). Sacramento-area residents can donate blood through Vitalant by making an appointment online or calling 877-25-VITAL. The American Red Cross is holding community blood drives throughout the greater-Sacramento area. To find a blood drive near you, visit the American Red Cross online.
Blood centers encourage donors to make appointments in advance so staff can prepare and ensure there is adequate space for social distancing. Trips to blood donation sites are generally permissible even in areas with “shelter in place” directives, as they are deemed medically necessary.
The coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process, according to AABB, a national organization advancing transfusions and cellular therapies. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration has reiterated that there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.
UC Davis Health is working to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and address the needs of our community. Your gift will allow us to expand diagnostic and testing capacity, fund extended staff support, provide benefits for health care providers working directly on the crisis, and support students who are financially impacted by this hardship. We thank you for your support.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We are no longer taking PPE donations, but we encourage you to donate to other health care providers that may need additional PPE, like the VA Northern California Health Care System.
Our Community and the nation thanks health care professionals
UC Davis Health, our community and the nation thanks our health care professionals for all they do for our patients. We are grateful for the many products and services that businesses and community organizations are generously donating to our health care professionals in appreciation for their hard work.
If you or anyone in your community is interested in supporting our staff, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your generosity!