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CBC FACING CRITICAL NEED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS

September 21, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is in critical need of blood types A positive, O positive and type B and is calling on donors to help avert a blood shortage. Donors must make an appointment at www.DonorTime.comor by calling (937) 461-3220. 

Donors can help CBC protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives. Scheduling appointments throughout the week will help CBC maintain adequate staffing and reduce waiting.

Nearly 75% of the population is either blood type A positive or O positive, and type B represents an additional 10% of the population.  These blood types are currently in high demand and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder CBC blood collection.

More than 85% of CBC collections come from mobile blood drives, including 17% from high schools. Due to COVID-19 multiple business and high school blood drives have been cancelled as many employees continue to work from home and more students are now learning from home.

FALL IS A VITAL TIME TO DONATE:

  • "Cancer is not cancelled" by COVID-19. September is a time to recognize how blood transfusions are vitally important for the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma patients. October is the traditional time to remember that blood products are equally important for those fighting breast cancer and all forms of the disease.

  • September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness and education about the need for minority blood donations for those affected by sickle cell disease. Sickle cell patients receive frequent blood transfusions to help manage the disease and prevent serious complications including stroke, acute chest syndrome, and severe anemia.

  • CBC continues to see cancelled blood drives and frequent blood shortages. Many businesses and organizations cannot host blood drives due to continued COVID-19 related interruptions.  High schools with remote learning have cancelled blood drives, and high school blood drives still scheduled are at reduced capacity.

  • CBC is seeking COVID-19 survivors to become "Crisis Warriors" by donating their antibody-rich plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. CCP donors will receive the "COVID-19 Crisis Warrior" t-shirt.  Learn more and register to donate CCP at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.