COVID-19 Update

March 23, 2020

Oahu residents can leave their homes to donate blood

Per Office of the Mayor City and County of Honolulu Emergency Order No 2020-02: “For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any “Healthcare Operations” including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services, organizations collecting blood, platelets, plasma, and other necessary materials…”

 

March 20, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii develops bold new plan to address COVID-19

Due to public concern about the risk of COVID-19 in public gatherings, Blood Bank of Hawaii is canceling all upcoming blood drives – including on neighbor islands – as of Monday, March 23. As the stewards of Hawaii’s blood supply, however, we must balance the need for public safety with the need to maintain adequate and continuous levels of blood. Meeting both needs requires a bold new approach. Therefore, we created a safe donation environment which complies with the social distancing recommendations while also allowing us to collect the necessary blood to sustain our
community.

What is this new approach?

Donations will be taken by appointment only.

We will have six donation centers:

Young Street Donor Center and an additional Five new pop-ups

To comply with CDC and Department of Health social distancing guidelines, all of our
facilities have been reorganized so that donors are six or more feet away from each other at
all stages of the donation process.

All locations will have pre-screening stations.
No more than 10 donors at a time will be in any one room.
All potential walk-ins will be asked to make an appointment.

Where and when can I give blood?

Young Street Donor Center:
Monday – Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday – Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Dillingham Headquarters
Monday – Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday – Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Kailua Town Center in partnership with Alexander & Baldwin
Monday – Wednesday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center in partnership with Alexander & Baldwin
Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday & Saturday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Waikele Center in partnership with American Assets
Monday – Wednesday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

KROC Center Hawaii in partnership with the Salvation Army
Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday & Saturday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

And remember, in these trying times, it is easy to feel isolated and fearful. But our BBH community
has the opportunity to come together and take care of one another. It is so important to fill
appointments not only now, but also we ask for you to pledge to make appointments for the
next few months. Mahalo to everyone who has and will continue to donate.
To make an appointment, visit our website: www.bbh.org or call (808) 848-4770.

 

March 13, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii is monitoring the evolving public health situation and preparing for potential further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). While we cannot predict blood needs, during the pandemic we know that a continuous and reliable supply of blood must remain available in order for hospitals to treat Hawaii’s patients. As stewards of the state’s blood supply, we are concerned that COVID-19 has the potential to adversely impact the availability of the blood supply, and we want to provide the most up-to-date information. We want to reassure you that at BBH we are doing everything we can to face this challenge. Here are some answers to questions that you may have regarding blood donations:

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (short for coronavirus disease 2019) is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus. Symptoms can range from mild flu-like to more severe symptoms, primarily among the elderly and those with existing medical complications. Due to the numbers of people impacted and its relatively quick spread, individuals and organizations, including Blood Bank of Hawaii, are doing their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Is it safe for me to donate blood?

What procedures are already in place to ensure donor safety?

What additional measures are being taken to ensure donor safety?

What can I do to help?

Our Young Street Donor Center is open every day – Monday through Thursday 6:30 am to 6:30 pm and Friday through Sunday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm. For donors’ convenience, we also have regularly scheduled community drives throughout Oahu and on neighbor islands.

To make an appointment, visit our website: www.bloodbanktough.org or call (808) 848-4770.

 

 

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(VIDEO) A Message from Lt. Governor Josh Green

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March 23, 2020

KHON2 Wake Up 2day- Governor David Ige Addresses Emergency Proclamation

Gov. Ige Addresses State Preparation for Coronavirus

 

Star-Advertiser – Mayor Kirk Caldwell Discusses Stay-at-Home Emergency Order

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Discusses Details of His ‘Stay at Home, Work From Home’ Order

 

KHON2 Wake Up 2day – Kelly Simek Interviews Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen

New COVID-19 Response

 

March 22, 2020

KHON2 – Mayor Kirk Calwell’s Stay-at-Home Emergency Order

Stay at Home, Work From Home Order Announced for Oahu

 

March 19, 2020

KITV – Updated Changes Happening at Blood Bank of Hawaii

Blood Bank of Hawaii Canceling All Blood Drives, Allow Donations at Main Facility

 

Hawaii News Now  – Mahealani Richardson Visits Young Street Donor Center
After Flurry of Drive Cancellations, Blood Bank of Hawaii Makes Donation Plea

 

March 17, 2020

Hawaii Business Health & Wellness – A Call for Donations
Blood Bank of Hawaii Calls for Donations as COVID-19 Creates Nationwide Shortage

 

March 16, 2020 

KHON2 – Governor David Ige Announces Emergency Proclamation
Governor Ige Announces Supplementary Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19

 

March 6, 2020 

KHON2 Wake Up Today – Kelly Simek Interviews Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen

Preparing for COVID-19