April 7, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - A 21-year-old Brooklyn man now living with his family in Oakwood donated COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Monday, April 6 at Community Blood Center. He is the area's first recovered COVID-19 patient to donate plasma for the treatment of those infected with the disease.

The donation is for an emergency need and comes as Community Blood Center is finalizing steps to open the CCP collection program to the eligible public. CBC has been working with the FDA and local hospitals to coordinate the collection and use of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma.

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) can be transfused to people with life-threatening coronavirus COVID-19 infection. The antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that may help critically ill patients fight the infection.

Menachem Mendel Mangel is the first former COVID-19 patient to donate CCP in the Miami Valley region. He is the 21-year-old son of Rabbi Nochum Mangel of the Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Dayton synagogue.

Manachem Mangel returned to Oakwood for a Passover visit on March 16.  He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18. Rabbi Mangel learned about CCP donations from a physician who is a member of the synagogue and encouraged his son to donate.

Manachem donated plasma on April 6 after receiving a negative test for the disease which proved that he was no longer able to infect others. CBC immediately processed the CCP donation into three units and sent it Miami Valley Hospital.

"I'm back here for Passover," said Menachem, who works as a marketing strategist. "My dad told me about donating (convalescent) plasma and I said I'd do it. It wasn't too much of a debate! I've donated before and anything I can do to help."

"The entire community worked with great intensity and purpose to make this happen," said CBC Medical Director Dr. James Alexander. "In the end, we do what we do to help those that are in need and through the efforts of a great many people, we were able to accomplish that task.  We hope to establish a CCP program for the community soon.  We will do everything possible to meet the needs of our community."

Menachem is blood type AB-negative, which is ideal for CCP donation. He plans to return to New York "when it is safe." He continues to work remotely from his family's Oakwood home and stays in touch with friends. "Everyone I know who has tested positive is planning to try to donate," he said.

Transfusing CCP into a person still fighting COVID-19 can provide a boost to the patient's immune system and potentially help them recover. Early indications are promising for this to be an effective treatment in the most critical cases of COVID-19 infections.

Potential donors must meet all standard screening criteria for blood donation, plus pass additional FDA criteria, including:

  • Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test or doctor's note.
  • Have evidence of lack of infectivity through testing or when one month has passed from complete resolution of symptoms.
  • Meet current blood donation protocols.
  • Their physician must determine they meet the criteria before they schedule an appointment.

CBC continues to finalize plans for public recruitment of CCP donors.  CBC hopes to post full CCP donor criteria and application forms on the CBC website by Friday, April 10.


Blood supply is at a normal level. However, blood drive cancellations have now topped 100 with a projected loss of nearly 4,000 units.  Community Blood Center and the community face many unknowns as COVID-19 infection reaches its peak.  CBC must prepare for the potential impact on the blood supply by encouraging eligible donors to make appointments to donate at  CBC thanks donors for their patience as it schedules donors appropriately to maintain social distancing at blood drives and coordinates blood collections based on the changing need of CBC's 23 partner hospitals.

Blood Drive Cancellations: 105

Projected Units Lost: 3,900


Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Week of April 6 Blood Drives

Tuesday, April 7

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, 110 North Poplar St., Oxford OH 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Church

American Legion Scheer Post, 627 E. College St., Jackson Center OH 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Miami University Cancelled.

Earlham College Cancelled.

VRI Cancelled.

Richmond State Hospital Cancelled.


Wednesday, April 8

Community United Methodist Church, 114 Hay St., Brookville OH 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 Tri-Village High School Cancelled

Wilmington Eagles Cancelled.

Butler Tech Cancelled.

Monroe Central High School Cancelled.

Royal Canin Cancelled.

Midmark Corporation Cancelled.


Thursday, April 9

Sidney Apostolic Temple, 210 S. Pomeroy Ave., Sidney OH 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 Butler Tech Bioscience Cancelled.

Cargill - Sidney Cancelled.

Union County High School Cancelled.

Shawnee High School Cancelled.

Springfield Regional Medical Center Cancelled.

ARC Abrasives Inc. Cancelled.

SEW-Eurodrive Cancelled.


Saturday, April 11

Ginghamsburg Church. 7695 South County Road 25-A. Tipp City OH 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Centerville Grace Church, 410 E. Social Row Road, Dayton OH 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Golay Community Center, 1007 E. Main St., Cambridge City IN 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Do not be afraid to donate!

  • The blood supply is safe, and it is safe to donate.

  • Donors must be in good health. People with any cough or cold symptoms should not come to a blood drive. Take your temperature before coming to a blood drive.

  • There are no reported cases of coronavirus transmission through blood transfusion.

  • CBC is increasing hygienic and sanitary procedures.

  • Blood drives are an essential activity for public health. They are controlled events with infection safeguards to protect donors, staff, and blood products.

  • Make an appointment online at or call (937) 461-3220.