South Australia coronavirus updates

South Australia coronavirus updates

See the latest about COVID-19 and donating blood in South Australia.

 

Should donors from South Australia be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

Yes, face masks are currently required to donate in South Australia.

As of 28 July, in line with the current restrictions due to the community transmission risk, masks remain required in all donor centres in South Australia. We hope this is a short-term measure and will remove this requirement as soon as it is safe to do so. We can provide you with a face mask to donate if necessary.

Our donor centres are places of wellness and we have implemented additional measures to ensure that remains the case during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Will masks be provided for donors or should they supply their own?

If you donate at a donor centre where masks are required we will supply you with a face mask if you do not have one. We strongly encourage donors to wear single use surgical masks if possible, as cloth masks can vary more in effectiveness.


Will you refuse entry to a donor centre for someone who refuses to wear a mask?

Yes, in an area where masks are mandated by government, if they do not have a medical exemption. Donors need a valid reason but written proof is not required. The requirement to wear masks is introduced for the safety of both our donors and our staff and is currently required by the government.


Are there any extra donor restrictions with the current South Australian transmission risk?

We are keeping a close watching brief on the current situation in South Australia. We ask that all donors are aware of and regularly check the South Australian Health website for current COVID-19 locations and alerts regarding potential exposure sites from the COVID-19 cases before donating.

If you have been at one of these locations, you should follow public health advice. If you have been advised to quarantine for 14 days you are considered a close contact and cannot donate blood for 14 days following exposure and you have been cleared by public health. If you have been to a listed location where you must present for a COVID test and isolate until a negative result, you must follow public health directions including having a COVID-19 test and await the result before donating blood.