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FAQs About COVID-19 and Donation and Transplantation

FAQs about COVID-19 and Donation and Transplantation

Is donation and transplantation still occurring?

Yes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees donation and transplantation in the U.S., has provided guidance that donation and transplantation remain critical during this time. They have categorized the vast majority of transplant surgeries as “tier 3b,” which indicates a category that should not be postponed.

However, some transplant centers have chosen to temporarily pause living donation surgeries during this time.

Are organ donors being screened for COVID-19?

Yes. All potential donors are being tested for COVID-19, and transplant centers are currently requiring a negative COVID-19 test for all donors.

Can someone who tests positive for COVID-19 still be a donor?

Transplant centers are requiring a negative COVID-19 test for all donors at the time of donation.

How has the donation and transplantation process changed as a result of COVID-19?

There are issues facing donation and transplantation organizations nationwide, including limited access to COVID-19 tests, some transplant surgeries being cancelled and a shortage of supplies. Organ procurement organizations like Indiana Donor Network are identifying new ways to move donation forward in the midst of these new challenges.

Why are you continuing donation and transplantation during this crisis?

Donation and transplantation is the difference between life and death for many Americans. Right now, 113,000 men, women and children are in need of a lifesaving organ transplant nationwide and 1,300 of those patients are Hoosiers. Many thousands more are in need of healing tissue and cornea transplants. Tragically, 20 people die each day because the organ they needed did not become available in time.

How can I register as a donor if the BMV is closed?

Anyone can register as a donor, regardless of age or medical history, online by clicking here.

What can I do to show my support for donation and transplantation during this crisis?

April is National Donate Life Month, where we come together to celebrate the gift of life through organ, tissue and cornea donation and transplantation. This year, in-person events have been cancelled, but we are still encouraging all Hoosiers to share their support in the following ways.

  1. Follow Donate Life Indiana on social media for ongoing National Donate Life Month content.
  2. Show your support for donation and transplantation by using hashtags #NDLM and #DonateLifeIN.
  3. Click here to download digital resources including coloring sheets and social media graphics for National Donate Life Month.

Is the Color the Canal event occurring this year?

Yes. We have rescheduled our Color the Canal event to July 26. Check IndianaDonorNetwork.org/events for the latest updates.

There are currently 114,969 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant.