November 12, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is making an urgent plea for COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma during "COVID Warrior Week," Nov. 16-21 to help area hospitals meet the overwhelming demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP).

Come to the Dayton CBC Donation Center or any CBC mobile blood drive Monday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 21 with proof of a positive COVID-19 test and receive a $25 Kroger gift card for registering to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma that day or for scheduling a CCP appointment during your visit. CCP donors also receive the "COVID-19 Crisis Warrior" t-shirt.

Learn more about CCP at or call (937) 461-3220.

"Our hospitals need more than 50 units of CCP per day and that takes at least 20 donors per day," said Diane Wilson, chief operating officer for Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services. "We're falling short, and the demand keeps rising.  We do not have enough convalescent plasma. We are calling on you, our local community to meet this need, and the time to help is now."

Area convalescent plasma usage reached an all-time last week with the highest number of CCP transfusions since CBC launched Ohio's first CCP collection program in early April. CBC remains in critical need of CCP units in all blood types.

The antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus is vital for the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients. CBC is now testing all blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies with the hope this will help identify more people eligible to donate convalescent plasma.

Potential CCP donors must have tested positive for COVID-19 by the RNA test or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies by blood test and must be completely recovered.

Because of the immediate need, CCP donors are now permitted to donate once per week with a maximum of eight donations in three months.

CBC is also seeking sponsors for CCP blood drives, particularly in areas that experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 and have access to qualified CCP donors. Call (937) 461-3220 to learn how to help.