The Red Cross has more than 135 years of experience providing humanitarian aid including more than 75 years of supplying blood to those in need. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country. We are very excited about the drive and I hope you are too.
In response to the CDC updated guidance, the American Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols. Here’s what you need to know:
- All individuals at blood drives must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status, effective Aug 9.
- Safety is our priority; this update is due to nearly two-thirds of U.S. counties having high or substantial transmission of COVID-19 and cases are increasing with the Delta variant.
- The Red Cross recognizes that the current CDC guidance states that only areas of high or substantial transmission need to resume mask-wearing. Transmission rates at the county level are constantly changing and our goal is to implement a single, organization-wide policy that is safe and consistent for our staff and members of the public who engage with our mission.
- We understand that the resumption of mask-wearing is frustrating and disappointing for many and appreciate your cooperation during this uncertain time.