Questions and Answers about Coronavirus

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Information about Novel Coronavirus
Outbreak (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is in the news and is of concern worldwide. We want you to know what Bloodworks is doing to maintain the safety of the blood supply.

Notice for donors: Blood Donation is an Essential and Encouraged Activity

Potential blood donors are exempt from stay-at-home orders in Washington and Oregon, which do not include essential health services, such as those provided by Bloodworks Northwest and its donors. Activities essential to the healthy function of our community, such as donating blood, are an important aspect of emergency public health preparedness and a way for people to look after their family, friends, and neighbors who experience trauma and chronic conditions. We’ve transitioned from allowing walk-ins, to scheduled appointments only at all Bloodworks donor centers and Pop-Up Donor Centers, spread appointments out, and ask that donors wear a mask to ensure safe social distancing and a controlled environment and experience for donors. It’s important for donors to keep their appointments, and make future appointments throughout the summer to ensure blood stays available in our community as we weather this pandemic together. Contact us at 800-398-7888 or

Donors please do not donate today if any of the following apply to you within the last 28 days:

  • You traveled to any area with novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
    – For example: city of Wuhan China and Hubei Provence of China
  • You lived with individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having novel COVID-19 infection.
  • You have been diagnosed with or suspected of having novel COVID-19 infection.

In addition, the normal donor screening process includes evaluation of your health today, your travel history and your temperature. These criteria help us assure blood safety.

If you develop an unexplained illness within the next 28 days PLEASE see your doctor and notify us as soon as possible at (425) 656-3077. By doing so, you may prevent infecting the patient receiving a transfusion of your blood.

Bloodworks is taking these steps in accordance with published FDA and CDC information. We will update our processes as more information becomes available. The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus spreads, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Thank you for helping save lives in our community!


News Release Archive
March 2, 2020 – Bloodworks Northwest Reassures Community It’s Safe to Donate Blood in light of Coronavirus
March 9, 2020 – Blood Supply Hits Emergency Level Due to Coronavirus Concerns
March 16, 2020 – High School and College Closures Wipe Out 25% of Local Blood Donations

Additional Resources

  • Health Officials and Blood Community Leaders surge Americans to Give Blood Amid Coronavirus Fears

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