Billings Blood banks lose donors from corona virus

Posted at 4:51 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 18:51:15-04

Billings blood banks are experiencing a decrease in donors amid coronavirus concerns

Donor recruitment manager, Erin Baker at Vitalant Blood donation center says the company has had to cancel 15 mobile drives resulting in the loss of almost 280 donors.
Amid concerns for COVID-19, baker wants the Billings community to understand that donating blood is safe.

“All of the equipment we use is sterilized and single use” says Baker.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Montana have now reached seven but people are still encouraged to donate blood.

There is a low risk of transmitting COVID-19 through blood said Baker but, it is important to self-differ and avoid giving blood if you currently do not feel well.
The lack of donations since the coronavirus started, has affected patient care, especially cancer patients. Baker tell us that, cancer patients rely on these transfusions because they are essential when going through chemotherapy.

For more information on becoming a blood donor and to schedule an appointment, visit or call Vitalant at (877) 258-4825.