BARRHEAD - A Canadian Blood Services (CBS) mobile clinic that was set to be held in Barrhead on Monday, March 30 has been cancelled.
CBS stresses on its website that current evidence and risk modeling suggests that COVID-19 is not transferable through blood and blood products.
Additionally, all prospective donors are also carefully screened for any symptoms of illness, including very mild ones. This screening occurs during both appointment booking and upon arrival at the donor centre or event.
Nonetheless, CBS was implementing a number of new safety measures in the face of the pandemic, such as restricting donations from anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. They would be unable to donate blood for 56 days until after they made a full recovery.
These new restrictions were apparently not a factor in the cancellation of the Barrhead clinic, however.
Deb Steele-Kretschmer, a communications specialist with CBS, indicated via an e-mail that the original venue for the clinic was no longer available.
“We would like to encourage interested donors to book an appointment to donate at the Edmonton donor centre in the interim or the at the next scheduled donor centre in Barrhead on June 22,” she said.
For more information on donating blood, as well as the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit www.blood.ca.