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Donating blood is safe. It’s easy. And blood is desperately needed right now.

You might wonder why blood supplies are low during a pandemic of respiratory illness (COVID-19). It’s not that COVID-19 patients necessarily need blood. The severe shortages are due to blood drive cancellations at this time of physical distancing.

In fact, nearly 2,700 blood drives have been canceled in the U.S. Meanwhile, traumatic accidents still happen. Emergency surgeries are still being performed. Blood is still needed.

At Geisinger, we’ll make sure you’re completely safe if you volunteer to donate blood.

Most importantly, we’re setting up appointments to limit the number of people gathered in one location. In addition:

  • All equipment is sanitized between uses.
  • Everything that touches the blood is disposable, including the needles and test tubes.
  • It’s likely that only people who feel well will give blood — in fact, it’s one of the screening criteria for giving blood — so the risk of exposure to the coronavirus is very low.

Who can donate blood?

Blood is perishable, and there’s no substitute for it. The only source is volunteer donors.

You can donate if you:

  • Are healthy
  • Are under age 70
  • Don’t take medicines that suppress your immune system
  • Haven’t been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Haven’t traveled recently to a region with a major COVID-19 outbreak

If you qualify, please consider donating blood. You can schedule an appointment for one of the drives scheduled at Geisinger locations in the coming weeks (see list below).

It’s easy to feel helpless during a difficult situation like the one we face now. Donating blood is positive action you can take to directly help your friends and neighbors. Working together, we can weather this storm and safeguard better health for all in our communities.

Upcoming Geisinger blood drives

Geisinger Medical Center
Abigail Community Room
Thursday, March 19
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here

Geisinger Wyoming Valley
Friday, March 20,
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Medical Center
Saturday, March 21
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Office Building I
Coach
Wednesday, March 25
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Community Medical Center
Thursday, March 26
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Medical Center
Friday, March 27
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Buckhorn Office Building
Thursday, April 2
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital
Thursday, April 2
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Justin Drive #2
Monday, April 6
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Woodbine
Tuesday, April 7
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre
Wednesday, April 15
1 – 5 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Glenmaura Office Building
Thursday, April 16
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger St. Luke’s, Orwigsburg
Tuesday, April 28
1 – 6 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Geisinger Medical Center
Wednesday, April 29
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.

Woman sitting in chair, donating blood.

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