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ER NURSE RECOVERS FROM COVID-19, REJOINS FIGHT TO SAVE LIVES

April 9, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - (April 9, 2020) COVID-19 infection forced ER nurse Lindsey Hayko to retreat from the frontline battle against the pandemic. She recovered, returned to work, and rejoined the fight with a new weapon: the antibody-rich plasma she donated April 8 at Community Blood Center.

Lindsey is now the area's second recovered COVID-19 patient to donate COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) for the treatment of those infected with the coronavirus. Her donation was for the emergency need of area COVID-19 patients.  CBC is ready to open the CCP collection program to the eligible public.

Lindsey works in the ER at The Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati.   She heard about the plea for CCP donations from colleagues of COVID-19 patient Dr. Mukul Chandra, medical director of cardiac preventive care and research at Miami Valley Hospital.

"I had a co-worker who saw it on Facebook and told me about it, so I called," said Lindsey. "As a nurse, wanting to help people, with all that's going on right now, I wanted to help as much as I can."

Lindsey isn't sure where she contracted COVID-19. She tested positive on March 23, recovered at home, and was cleared to return to work on April 6.

"I was very fortunate," she said. "My symptoms were not severe. I didn't have to go to the hospital. I stayed at home for two weeks and I'm back at work."

She doesn't know who will receive her plasma, but said she was encouraged to hear of CCP treatments helping COVID-19 patients improve, including Dr. Chandra.

"That's what is so exciting," she said. "If my donation is used to help someone else, that's great."

CCP is transfused to people with life-threatening coronavirus infection. The antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that may help them fight the infection.

CBC will soon be recruiting potential CCP donors from the general public. Lindsey was one of the first to join the effort but expects others to follow.

"I know people like me who have tested positive," said Lindsey. "They're ready and want to help as soon as they can."

COVID-10 CONVALESCENT PLASMA (CCP) UPDATE:

Community Blood Center plans to begin recruiting eligible donors for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) by Friday, April. 10.  Potential CPP donors will be able to review the eligibility criteria and fill-out an online form at the CBC website www.GivingBlood.org.

BLOOD SUPPLY UPDATE:

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 infections reaches its peak.  CBC must prepare for the potential impact on the blood supply be encouraging eligible donors to make appointments to donate at www.DonorTime.com

Blood Drive Cancellations: 105

Projected Units Lost: 3,900

DAYTON DONOR CENTER HOURS: 

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

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

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

Blood Drive Schedule

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. 

Monday, April 13

Hillcrest Baptist Church, 820 Central Ave., Carlisle OH 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Union City City Building, 105 North Columbia St., Union City IN 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Church of the Incarnation, 55 Williamsburg Lane, Centerville OH 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Maiden Lane Church of God, 1201 Maiden Lane, Springfield OH 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14

Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville OH 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 6 South Third St., Miamisburg OH 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Reid Health-Connersville, 1941 Virginia Ave., Connersville IN 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Atrium Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Middletown OH 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

CMH Regional Health System, 610 West Main St., Wilmington OH 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 212 South Front St., Hamilton OH 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Eaton Community Church, 813 Camden Road, Eaton OH 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Fairborn Government Center, 44 West Hebble Ave., Fairborn OH 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 Friday, April 17

Montgomery County Environmental Services, 1850 Spaulding Road, Dayton 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 18

Piqua Harley-Davidson, 1501 East Ash St., Piqua OH 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tri-Village Rescue Services, 320 North Main St., New Madison OH 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Medway Church, 2550 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle OH 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.