Some blood drives around Door County will be held as scheduled, even though the donation locations are closed for their day-to-day functions until further notice. The American Red Cross is facing blood shortages and concerns about COVID-19 have canceled 67 blood drives in the Wisconsin/Iowa region. Blood drive locations will also be taking extra precautions to address health concerns. Laura McGuire with the American Red Cross in Madison says that includes practicing social distancing.
McGuire says that viruses cannot be transmitted via blood donations. She adds that donors' immunity does not go down after donating blood. However, she requests donors who feel ill within days after a donation please contact the Red Cross so the blood can be quarantined.