As elective surgeries have resumed, as well as non-COVID-19 related patient care including trauma, heart surgeries, cancer care, and difficult childbirths, the blood supply is once again running very low. Currently, there is a need for ALL blood types to donate to help rebuild the inventory. Please plan to join us as we partner once again with Inova Blood Donation Services to help meet the need. The bloodmobile will be parked in the New Hope Church parking lot. Here is what Inova Blood Donation Services are doing to keep you safe while donating: • Spacing in accordance with social distancing guidelines, sanitizing solution will be available, and even more attention is being given to disinfecting surfaces, clipboards, and equipment. • Our staff wear face masks, gloves, and lab coats; they wipe down donor-touched areas often and after every collection using a disinfectant. • Staff use sterile, single-use collection sets for each donor and scrub the donor’s arm for 30 seconds before the collection. • Staff who don’t feel well are required to stay home. • We maintain the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum of 3 feet between donors. When possible, all blood collectors attempt to provide 6 feet of distance. The data on the 6-foot radius currently recommended by CDC is based on transmission by visibly sick individuals. Blood donors are a uniquely healthy group because of requirements for donors to be feeling well on the day of donation and have a normal temperature. • In addition to the vigorous FDA-mandated testing of all blood components donated, IBDS staff follows rigorous safety and sterilization protocol within our mobile and fixed donation centers. This is part of our commitment to our donors – safety from reception to collection to the end product.