The Guide • 3-25-20
Blood Bank of Delmarva
expands capacity at donor centers
CHRISTIANA, Del. – Blood Bank of Delmarva is extending open hours at its donor centers and
urging healthy donors to make appointments to help maintain the region’s blood supply at this
“Around 40 percent of our incoming blood supply was interrupted when schools, businesses
and religious institutions closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. In response, we’ve increased
capacity at our donor centers by extending hours and opening for extra days each week,” said
Director of Donor Services Rachele Allison and Blood Collection
Tech Jeremy Piazza clean and disinfect a donor chair.
Christopher D. Hillyer, M.D., President and
CEO of Blood Bank of Delmarva. “These
modifications will provide controlled, safe
environments for healthy donors. By
quickly implementing this sustainable longterm
solution we have worked to prevent
our blood supply from dropping to dangerously
Blood is perishable and the supply must
be continually replenished. BBD operates
four donor centers in Chadds Ford, Pa.;
Newark, Del.; Dover, Del. and Salisbury,
Md. Donors can schedule appointments by
calling 1-888-825-6638 or visiting www.delmarvablood.org/coronavirus.
Blood collection sites are disinfected frequently, and we are taking extra precautions to help prevent
the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 as per CDC recommendations. BBD staff are also
practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work. As always, people are not eligible
to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like
In order to protect our staff, healthy blood donors and our community blood supply, people must
avoid donor centers if they are experiencing a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough,
shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), have had close contact with someone diagnosed
with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or been diagnosed with or suspected of
having COVID-19 until 28 days after their illness has resolved. BBD does NOT test for COVID-19.
It only takes one hour to donate, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. About
one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion. Those in need include: cancer
patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients,
surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or
thalassemia, and many more.
Additional information is available at www.delmarvablood.org/coronavirus. Media interviews
available at the Christiana Donor Center, 100 Hygeia Drive, Newark or by telephone.