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By Michael Easterling | June 4, 2020
The City of Hope Blood Donor Center continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on its blood and platelet supply, as well as those of other suppliers. There have been fewer donors and more canceled blood drives, resulting in less blood and platelets available for patients.
 
The center is especially in critical need of platelet donations, which can only be collected on the Duarte campus. Thirty-five platelet donors are needed every day (50 on Saturdays), and currently the center is receiving an average of 20 platelet donors per day.
 
Blood and platelet collection drives are not mass gatherings. Everyone coming to the Blood Donor Center is screened for fever, symptoms and exposure to the COVID-19 virus. At registration, donors are asked about COVID-19 exposure, and shortly prior to the donation, the donor room nurses do another screening for fever and symptoms.
 
In the waiting room, there is 6 feet of space between each chair. Every surface — including the pens used by donors and even the brochure folders — is disinfected after each use. Members of the staff are masked, wear safety coats and, except for the screening and blood or platelet draw itself, a minimum 6-foot distance between people is always maintained.

Appointments for blood and platelet donation can be scheduled at any time. Please call 626-218-7171 or go online to idonateblood4hope.org. The Blood Donor Center is open Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the second Sunday of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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