News Releases


March 23, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is sending an urgent reminder to the public that blood donors are exempt from the Ohio Department of Health Stay at Home Order and are free to leave their homes to donate.

ODH 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 will take place on schedule.

CBC is urging donors to make an appointment to donate to maintain a safe environment at blood drives. Spacing donors through appointments maintains social distancing by reducing wait time and congregating. Make an appointment online at or by calling (937) 461-3220. 

CBC will reschedule appointments times or ask donors to reschedule for another day to maintain social distancing at blood drives.  CBC thanks donors for their flexibility and patience.

As the community acted to halt the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, CBC urged eligible people to donate and asked blood drive sponsors to keep the blood drives they had scheduled.


The community answered the call by strongly supporting the March 16-22 Donor Strong Blood Drive. Over the seven-day campaign, 2,123 people registered to donate at the Dayton CBC Donor Center and mobile blood drives. That support included 277 first-time donors.

The Dayton CBC Donor Center totaled 1,252 donors including 936 red cell donations, 148 platelet and plasma, and 177 first-time donors. Mobile blood drives totaled 871 donors including 656 red cell donations, 33 platelet and plasma, and 100 first-time donors.


The March 16-22 Donor Strong Blood Drive concluded with strong weekend collections.

Friday, March 20, activity at the Dayton CBC Donor Center totaled 271 donors including 185 red cell donations, 57 platelet and plasma, and 38 first-time donors. There were no mobile blood drives.

Saturday, March 21 activity at the CBC Donor Center totaled 121 donors, 92 red cell donations and 13 platelet and plasma. In mobile activity Lebanon Presbyterian Church totaled 80 donors; Bellefontaine Moose Lodge totaled 22 donors.

Sunday, March 22 activity at the CBC Donor Center totaled 91 donors including 23 first-time donors.

 CBC's Hospital Inventory: 5-to-13 day supply across blood types.

Lows: Type O-positive 7-days, AB-negative 5 days.

Blood Drive Cancellations: 58

Projected Units Lost: 2,400


Dayton CBC Donor Center introduced Sunday operation on March 11.  Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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

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

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

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Week of March 23 Community Blood Drives

 Monday, March 23

Centerville High School, 500 East Franklin St. Centerville OH 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Randolph Co. 4-H Fairgrounds Husted Hall, 1885 US 27, Winchester IN 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

American Legion Post 217, 1265 North Fourth St. Sidney OH 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

LifeSpring Church, 5600 US Hwy. 27, Richmond IN 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Miami Valley Hospital South, 2400 Miami Valley Drive, Centerville OH 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

First Christian Church, 3638 Middle Urbana Road, Springfield OH 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Honda of America Cancelled

Wednesday, March 25

West Milton United Church of Christ, 108 South Main St., West Milton OH 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

MidPointe Library West Chester, 9363 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester OH 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Mary Rutan Hospital 205 Palmer Ave. Bellefontaine OH 7 am - 3 pm

First Presbyterian Church Troy, 20 South Walnut St., Troy OH 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Honda of America Cancelled

Thursday, March 26

Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 West Main St., Tipp City OH 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Carlisle High School Cancelled

Wilmington College Cancelled

LexisNexis Cancelled

Friday, March 27

Franklin Monroe High School Cancelled

Piqua High School Cancelled

Badin High School Cancelled

Saturday, March 28

10th Annual Moraine Mayor Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive, Dayton CBC, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

03/28/20 Fairhaven Church 637 East Whipp Road Centerville OH 8 am - 12 pm

03/28/20 St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church 6245 Wilmington Pike Centerville OH 9 am - 12:30 pm

03/28/20 St. Charles Borromeo Parish 4500 Ackerman Blvd. Kettering OH 9 am - 1 pm

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 essential activities. They are controlled events with infection safeguards to protect donors, staff, and blood products.

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

     You can leave home to donate:

  • The Ohio Department of Health Director's Stay at Home Order exempts blood, platelet and plasma collection organizations as essential work and blood donations as an essential activity.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also identifies blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities as part of the essential critical workforce.