Amid fears surrounding the pandemic, Cascade Regional Blood Services wants to assure you that it is completely safe to donate blood—and that your donation is absolutely vital to save lives.

While news of the pandemic and related public health rules change daily, South Sound Talk reports that donating blood is safe. Cascade Regional Blood Services continues to follow rigid health and safety protocols. Donors are safe from infection both in attending blood drives and during the blood donation process itself.

To ensure that patients continue to receive life-saving treatments, healthy individuals are asked to continue to donate. As the coronavirus outbreak expands, our blood supply is affected—regionally and nationally—by the decrease in the number of eligible donors, and by the cancellation of collection drives.

The FDA reports that there have been no cases of the coronavirus spread through transfusion, and stringent screening and protection measures are in place.

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