Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Iowa Donor Network


In light of recent events surrounding the global COVID-19 outbreak, Iowa Donor Network (IDN) is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, hospital partners and the patients they care for, and the communities we serve. This is our top priority as we work to manage this rapidly changing situation.

IDN remains committed to saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation and supporting donor families. IDN is taking proactive measures to ensure donation services continue without interruption. Through this unusual time, our focus remains on our donors, donor families and those waiting for much-needed transplants. If you have questions or concerns you may call us at 1.800.831.4131 or email us at contact@iadn.org.

General Precautions We are Taking at Iowa Donor Network

IDN continues to adhere to the highest medical standards. We will continue to follow our local hospitals’ infection prevention guidelines, which address COVID-19, as we monitor the outbreak. We are also following guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local public health agencies and the transplantation community, accessing and adapting to any issues posed by COVID-19. This includes the screening and testing of donors or potential donors. IDN leaders are meeting daily to assess and respond to the rapidly changing situation.

Office Safety

IDN's offices are open to the public. We strongly encourage visitors to call ahead to schedule an appointment. If you do visit one of our offices please be aware of some of the precautions we are taking to keep our staff and visitors healthy. We require all visitors to wear a mask in the building and to answer health screening questions on arrival. We ask that if you have had a fever within the past 72 hours or do not feel well please stay home. Our staff also complete health screenings before starting work and wear a mask when not at their personal workspace. We ask all visitors and staff to maintain six feet of physical distance at all times and wash or sanitize hands frequently. We also have room capacity limits and are regularly disinfecting high touch surfaces in our office buildings.

IDN Events 

To limit the spread of the COVID-19 all IDN events have either been postponed or moved to a virtual format. Check our events page and follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information regarding IDN events.

Transplant Recipients

The American Society of Transplantation has published a Transplant Community FAQ resource providing detailed information for transplant recipients regarding COVID-19. As more information becomes available, the document will continue to be updated. Your regional transplant centers can also be used as a resource for recipients that have questions.

Prevention

We encourage everyone to review the CDC recommendations for prevention. The CDC also lists symptoms for those with coronavirus. If you experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, call your doctor for further instructions.

IDN is continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide updates as new developments related to organ and tissue donation occur.


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