November 18, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is reminding the public that donating blood and holding blood drives are essential activities to the public health and are exempt from the "Stay at Home Health Advisory" issued Nov. 18 by the Montgomery County Board of Health.

The advisory is for all of Montgomery County and is effective immediately through Dec. 17. It advises residents to stay at home to the greatest extent possible due to the significant increase in local COVID-19 cases. The Ohio Department of Health and the Department of Homeland Security identify blood collection as essential work and donating blood as an essential activity. 

The CBC Donation Center is operating on its normal schedule and all CBC blood drives, including Montgomery County blood drives, are currently on schedule.

Throughout the pandemic CBC has maintained a high level of safety assurances for donors and staff at all blood drive locations by enforcing precautions that include mandatory mask wearing, temperature check, social distancing, sanitary procedures, and mandatory appointment scheduling.

CBC calls on all eligible donors to continue to help prevent the public health crisis of COVID-19 from causing the public health crisis of a blood shortage. Schedule a blood donation appointment at, register to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma at, or call (937) 461-3220.