March 31, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - The order to keep Ohio schools closed until May means additional high school blood drive cancellations. Community Blood Center is issuing new guidelines on the safest and most efficient ways for the community to help maintain the blood supply.

"We have now lost more than 45 percent of our blood drives to cancellations," said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman. "We know this will impact our hospitals, but we don't know how much and how soon. We are asking donors to make appointments to give blood throughout April so we will be ready for what is to come."

CBC is strongly advising donors to make appointment at www.DonorTime.comor call (937) 461-3220.

  "It is absolutely imperative that we keep an orderly schedule of blood donations at the Dayton CBC Donor Center and our mobile blood drives," said Minneman. "We must maintain social distancing at blood drives and cannot allow waiting and congregating.  This is essential for protecting donors and staff from transmission of COVID-19.

"We must not over-collect blood.  We ask donors for their patience and flexibility as we schedule them accordingly. We face many unknowns ahead as the number of COVID-19 cases reaches its peak.  We must be prepared for the possibilities of donors becoming ill and unable to donate, for an influx of patients at hospitals, and for sudden changes in demand for blood at the hospitals."

The current number of blood drive cancellations is 82 with a projected loss of more than 3,360 units of blood.  More than 50 of the cancellations were blood drives scheduled in April. CBC is urging blood sponsors to keep the blood drives they have scheduled. CBC is working with sponsors to ensure blood drive set-ups meet social distancing guidelines.