Round Rock Express to host 'We Are Blood' blood drive May 14

"We are thrilled to see community partners like these joining together with generous blood donors to protect vulnerable Central Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Nick Canedo, We Are Blood's vice president of community engagement. (Courtesy We Are Blood)
"We are thrilled to see community partners like these joining together with generous blood donors to protect vulnerable Central Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Nick Canedo, We Are Blood's vice president of community engagement. (Courtesy We Are Blood)

"We are thrilled to see community partners like these joining together with generous blood donors to protect vulnerable Central Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Nick Canedo, We Are Blood's vice president of community engagement. (Courtesy We Are Blood)

The Round Rock Express and Brown Distributing have partnered to host a blood drive on May 14 in support of We Are Blood, the Blood Center of Central Texas, according to a Round Rock Express news release. The drive will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be held at the United Heritage Center at Dell Diamond, located at 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

To help ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and donors during the coronavirus pandemic, all participants must schedule an appointment, with no walk-ins allowed. Donors cannot enter the facilities before their scheduled appointment time and must wear a face covering at all times, per the release.

All donors will have their temperatures checked during a prescreening, per the release. Social distancing procedures will be administered, and hand sanitizer will be provided.

“We are grateful to the Round Rock Express and Brown Distributing for partnering with We Are Blood to host a mobile blood drive to collect critical donations at Dell Diamond,” said Nick Canedo, We Are Blood's vice president of community engagement, in the release. “Blood donations collected at Dell Diamond are critical for patients in need at Central Texas hospitals. We are thrilled to see community partners like these joining together with generous blood donors to protect vulnerable Central Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

We Are Blood is unable to test for COVID-19 or related antibodies, according to the release. Anyone with symptoms, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, or who has been in contact with someone diagnosed or suspected to have the coronavirus, will not be allowed to donate. Any individuals who have previously been diagnosed with or experienced symptoms of the coronavirus will not be allowed to donate within 28 days of their last symptom or exposure date, per the release.


“Dell Diamond has been a local landmark in Central Texas since 2000, and we are honored to be able to use our resources to help our community, especially during these difficult times," said Tim Jackson, Round Rock Express general manager, in the release. "With the additional safety measures that We Are Blood has in place, we encourage those who are willing and able to donate on May 14."

For more information about the blood drive or how to register, click here.