Canadian Blood Services is resuming all blood collections in eastern Ontario after a voluntary shut down of a processing facility in Ottawa due to a small cluster of COVID-19 infections in that workplace.
As of Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, all blood collections in Ottawa, Kingston and surrounding areas have resumed, according to a release from the organization.
The Concourse Gate production and distribution facility in Ottawa, Ontario has resumed normal operation, including all scheduled activities for collections, production, distribution, logistics, cord blood bank and stem cell manufacturing, according to the release.
Canadian Blood Services say they have an integrated process with public health to manage positive cases of COVID-19 to ensure that those who may be exposed are informed quickly and that additional precautions, if required, can be taken in the exposure site. In alignment with a public health inspection result, they made an assessment that the robust safety measures in place at the facility were appropriate to keep their teams safe and that normal operations can resume, according to the release.
“We would like to thank donors, staff, and volunteers for their support and understanding through the controlled shutdown,” they said.
“Because of the adaptability strength of our teams and national business continuity contingencies, we were able to respond to this truly unprecedented situation quickly and safely and continue to provide lifesaving products and services to the patients who rely on us without interruption,” the organization said in the release.
Visit the Canadian Blood Services website for updated COVID-19 protocols and to book your appointment to give blood.