COVID-19 Blood Drives

COVID-19 is upon us and blood supplies are in short supply…but you can help! Sign up to give blood and help save a life!

“But what about the shelter in place order?” We’re glad you asked. According to Homeland Security, giving blood is allowed under the Shelter in Place Act. Mercy is serious about safety and taking all precautions to make sure that donors are safe.

Routine blood donor screening measures are already in place designed to prevent individuals with clinical respiratory infections from donating blood. Donors must be well. We screen all donors about their current and past medical history and are taking additional precautions for COVID-19 following recent guidance from the FDA. To ensure the safety of our donors and the patients that will receive the lifesaving blood product, Mercy Blood Donor Services is implementing the following policies:

1) Donors are asked not to donate if in the last 28 days:

  • They have been outside the United States.
  • They have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19
  • They live with someone who has been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19

2) Donors will have their temperature taken upon arrival.

We maintain clean donation areas using accepted environmental cleaning standards. We are increasing the frequency of our cleaning and disinfection measures.

It is critical for our donors to know that blood donation is safe and that patients with severe medical illnesses or undergoing urgent surgical procedures have an ongoing need for blood products that doesn’t go away during the pandemic.

In addition to pre-screening, Mercy Blood Donor Services is taking proper measures to ensure social distancing from registration through the whole donation process.

In order to ensure social distancing all donors are to call to make an appointment. To sign up to give and save a life, call 314-251-GIVE (4483) or schedule your appointment here.

Many of you may be experiencing a variety of feelings and thoughts during the current situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Here are some helpful steps from the American Red Cross that you can use to help cope with this evolving situation.

In times of crisis, we are fortunate to witness the best of humanity.  So many have rolled up a sleeve to help those in need by donating blood. For those of you who have been able to donate blood during this uncertain time, thank you!  If you haven’t had a chance to donate blood yet and you are willing and able, we would encourage you to do so by keeping your scheduled blood appointment or making a new donation appointment in mid-April and after to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.  Blood is perishable and cannot be stockpiled.  In addition, there always remains an ongoing need for platelet donations due to their short, five-day shelf life.  You can schedule your appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. To ensure the health of employees, volunteers and staff, precautions include:

  • Checking temperatures of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy.
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
  • Following social distancing between donors including entry, donation and refreshment areas.
  • Routinely disinfecting surfaces, equipment and donor-touched areas.
  • Wearing gloves, and changing gloves often.
  • Using sterile collection sets and an aseptic scrub for every donation.
  • Staff wearing basic face masks.