LAFAYETTE, LA – As our communities begin the recovery phase after Hurricane Laura, Vitalant encourages donors to consider donating blood now and in the coming days to replenish the blood supply. Hurricane Laura has impacted the blood supply and has resulted in the loss of almost 400 blood donations due to blood drive cancellations and the closing of donation centers.
In response to Laura, Vitalant’s donation centers will open Friday, August 28 from 8am-3pm at our Lafayette (1503 Bertrand Drive), Baton Rouge (8234 One Calais) and Morgan City (1234 David Dr. #102) donation centers. Normal center hours will resume Saturday, August 29.
As we begin to pick up after the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura, our communities can work together to ensure that patients receive the blood donations they rely on. Even through the pandemic and Hurricane Laura, there are still cancer patients, newborn babies, sickle cell patients, trauma victims and many more who rely on blood donations every two seconds of every single day of the year. Donations of all blood types are needed right now.
Please schedule your appointment to donate as soon as conditions are safe enough for you to travel at Vitalant.org or call 1-877-25-VITAL (258-4825).
In order to effectively uphold social distancing standards, appointments are strongly encouraged. Face coverings are required for all donors and staff. Please come to your donation with a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth.
All successful blood donations will be tested for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. For more information, please visit Vitalant.org/antibodytest. If you have recovered from COVID-19, are at least 28 days symptom free and are interested in donating convalescent plasma, please visit Vitalant.org/covidfree.
As one of the nation’s foremost blood providers and transfusion medicine research centers, Vitalant is simultaneously leading the effort to restore the local blood supply and ensure that patients and hospitals in our communities have stable blood inventories. The U.S. Surgeon General and Federal Emergency Management Agency have designated blood donation as an essential function, encouraging healthy and eligible donors to continue to donate even amidst COVID-19 response measures. Vitalant continues to intensify precautionary measures to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff.