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South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is urgently asking donors to continue to donate blood if they are well and healthy. The blood shortage in South Texas poses a serious health risk to many patients who can’t wait for coronavirus to go away. Your lifesaving donation helps ensure that blood is available for cancer patients, car accident victims, moms delivering newborns and many other patients in need. Blood donations continue to be considered an “essential city function,” as designated by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
Donations are by appointment only. This will help us to avoid crowds and allow us to follow social distancing guidelines.
As a thank you for your dedication to maintaining the blood supply in South Texas, all blood donations will undergo a COVID-19 antibody test, at no cost to donors. Results will be sent to you by mail within 14 days of your donation. If you test positive, you may be able to save more lives by donating your plasma, which is being used to treat patients fighting for their lives against this virus. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
*In the news* Current and former members of the military and their families who were not allowed to give blood because of deployments in Europe will be able to donate again, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has announced. The changes are part of a sweeping modification of FDA guidelines implemented July 1.