TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order that permits blood donation drives to continue in order to meet the critical medical needs of New Jersey residents. In order to operate, blood drives must undertake appropriate mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including incorporating social distancing where practicable.
“Blood donation drives are a vital and essential activity that our health care systems rely on to complete surgeries, treatments, and critical care,” said Governor Murphy. “The COVID-19 outbreak threatens to disrupt our blood supply and we must continue these operations to ensure that we can meet the critical medical needs of all New Jersey residents.”
“I know so many of us feel helpless in the face of this particular crisis, so there is something you can do to help those in need. I urge you to contact Bergen Regional Community Blood Center, New Jersey Blood Services, or the American Red Cross and make an appointment to give,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “There are locations throughout the state with flexible hours to accommodate our communities.
It’s one concrete way we can all roll up our sleeves and help if you’re in good health and you’re feeling well. If you don’t feel well on the day of your scheduled appointment, please cancel your donation. But if you’re in good health and feeling well, please donate blood to help our communities.”
The Administrative Order clarifies the following:
The order will take effect immediately.
“The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need,” says Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Blood donation is essential. During this uncertain time, we encourage individuals to keep scheduled blood donation appointments and to make new appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic. Our sincere appreciation to the many here in New Jersey who gave blood, scheduled upcoming appointments and those who are hosting blood drives. It’s thanks to you and generous donors across the country, the American Red Cross has been able to meet immediate patient needs.”
For a copy of the Administrative Order, click here