Because of COVID-19, the Rhode Island Blood Center is unable to hold their normal blood drives and has transitioned to an appointment-based system for blood donations. RIBC is asking donors to book whatever appointments are available to them throughout this crisis to ensure a steady blood supply. From RIBC:
- Donors are needed at our six centers. They must book appointments to donate so that we can maintain social distancing and keep staff and donors as safe as possible.
- Read through the FAQ page about donating during the Coronavirus pandemic, then book an appointment online from that page. They can also call our contact center at 401-453-8383 to donate. www.ribc.org/coronavirus-faq. Much info there, including a way to email our medical staff about eligibility questions.
- We hope donors will not be discouraged if they cannot get an appointment for a week or two or three. This will be a marathon, not a sprint. We are seeing a wonderful community response right now, but that will begin to decline. Their donation will be needed just as much throughout this entire process.
- Be kind to the ones on the front lines!