CBC DRAWS FIRST PLASMA DONATION FOR COVID-19 TREATMENT

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 plasma 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.

CBC NOW PRE-SCREENING DONORS WITH TEMPERATURE CHECK

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is now checking the temperature of donors before they enter a blood drive as another safeguard against the transmission of COVID-19.

Temperature readings are a standard part of the registration and screening process at all blood drives, but the new check-point for pre-screening temperature takes place before the donor can enter the building or blood drive area.

CBC began the temperature pre-screening Friday, April 3 at the CBC Donor Center.  There are no blood drives scheduled Friday, but the check-in will be standard at all mobile blood drives beginning Saturday, April 4.

The donor must have a temperature reading below 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit to be allowed to enter.  Under specific circumstances, CBC will allow a second reading after a 15-minute interval. If a donor’s temperature is 99.5 degrees or higher, they are asked to leave. CBC continues to recommend that donors take their temperature at home before coming to a blood drive.

Under new guidelines, CBC is strongly advising donors to make an appointment to donate at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220 to allow for orderly and safe social distancing at blood drives and efficient blood collection.

 “We must maintain social distancing at blood drives and cannot allow waiting and congregating,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman.  “This is essential for protecting donors and staff.

“We must also avoid over-collecting blood.  We face many unknowns ahead as the number of COVID-19 cases reaches its peak. We ask donors for their patience and flexibility as we schedule them accordingly.”

NEW GUIDELINES FOR DONORS AFTER BLOOD DRIVE CANCELLATIONS

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.com or 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.

A SEPARATE YET SHARED CELEBRATION AT 10TH ANNUAL MAYOR BOB ROSENCRANS MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE

DAYTON, Ohio – Concerns and precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic changed expectations for the 10th annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive Saturday, March 28 at the Dayton Community Blood Center. But an uplifting surprise brought tears to the eyes of Megan Rosencrans.

CBC presented Megan with a glass Blood Drop Award as she donated in honor of her father. The former Moraine mayor was a lifetime public servant and blood donor up until his untimely death in a car accident in 2010.  CBC and the family wanted the blood drive to carry on, and to honor the milestone.

“We knew how important it was to keep this blood drive going, with all the school blood drives cancelling and business blood drives cancelling, the need is greater than ever,” said Megan. “We wanted to make sure as many people as possible would still come out and donate, even if I don’t get to see them.”

Family and friends signed the memorial blood drive registry and donated throughout the morning. Due to social distancing cautions, they had to forego the usual family gathering with cupcakes for all donors in the Donor Café.

The family traditionally holds the blood drive in late March to coincide with his birthday. Bob Rosencrans was U.D. Flyer basketball fan, and the blood drive usually includes excitement for the Flyers and their chances in March Madness.  The NCAA Tournament this year was one of many cancelled events.

“This year we were definitely hoping to celebrate some big milestones, the 10th anniversary, my brother’s 50th donation and we were really hoping the Dayton Flyers would way up there in the NCAA tournament,” said Megan.  “We’re all saving lives and we know that’s what’s important. We’re really hoping eight weeks from now to have another big group out here and really celebrate again.”

Megan’s brother Wes Rosencrans wasn’t able to be at the blood drive because of illness in the family, but his friend Zach Melling made his fifth lifetime donation in honor of Wes’ father. “Wes used to be my boss in the National Guard,” said Zach. “I didn’t get the pleasure of meeting his dad.”

Megan’s friends and Reynolds & Reynolds co-workers Danielle Tarber and Karla Toal came to donate. “We’ve been working at home and remoting in,” said Danielle, who “elbow bumped” Karla after finishing her donation.

“The last time I left the house was Monday,” said Karla. “That was because we were still at work, but they sent us home early.” She had no fears of leaving home for the 10th annual blood drive for Bob Rosencrans. “I’m really glad they were still able to do it,” she said.

IN TIME OF HELPLESSNESS, SEN. ROB PORTMAN SAY GIVING BLOOD IS WAY TO CONTRIBUTE

DAYTON, Ohio – Eight months after the Oregon District shooting Ohio Sen. Rob Portman returned to Community Blood Center Friday, March 27 to donate blood again in the face of a very different crisis.

“I’ve been hearing about the need for more donors because the mobile units that would normally go to a school, normally go to a church, high schools, college campuses, aren’t able to do  that now,” said Portman as he donated. “We need more blood in the blood supply. My hope is that by me coming down and giving blood others will see that and feel comfortable in doing it as well.”

Portman came directly from Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily news conference in Columbus to CBC and was the last donor of the day.  His first visit was when he joined Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Rep. Tim Ryan in donating at CBC Aug. 5 out of compassion for the victims of the Oregon District shooting.

“I will say I am impressed by the social distancing here they’ve moved the beds apart since the last time I was here,” he said. “Everything is wiped down immediately after somebody gives blood. There’s a lot of Purell around, and everything is wiped down including the stylus you use to sign in. CBC is being very safe, which is important also.”

Portman spoke with reporters about the mammoth economic relief package he helped pass in congress and outlined ways it will help families and small businesses. He recognized that blood drives continue to be essential for the public health and that people should not be afraid to donate.

“There are so few things can do to respond to this crisis,” he said. “This coronavirus is different from what happened in the Oregon District, even 9/11 and really even the financial crisis back in ‘08 and ‘09. This is pervasive, it’s everywhere and yet a lot of people feel helpless to do something, so giving blood is one way you can contribute.”

CBC MONITORS PANDEMIC, PREPARES BLOOD SUPPLY

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the regional blood supply. There are no mobile blood drives Friday, March 27 due to high school cancellations but CBC encourages donations at the Dayton CBC Donor Center, 349 S. Main St.  The 10th annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive is Saturday, Dec. 28 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donor Center.  Schedule an appointment to donate at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220. 

Is it safe to donate blood?

Individuals should not donate blood if they are feeling ill or if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or to individuals that have been exposed to COVID-19. CBC is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of donors and staff by implementing social distancing measures and increased infection control protocols. In addition, all donors are screened to ensure they are feeling well. Each donor goes through a mini-physical that includes a temperature check as well as a visual check on the donor’s well-being (coughing, nose draining, difficulty breathing, etc.).

Is there a risk that COVID-19 can be transmitted by blood?

There is no known risk of individuals transmitting coronavirus through blood transfusion, even if they are asymptomatic. COVID-19, like other respiratory viruses, is not known to be transmitted by transfusion of blood and blood components. To date, there are no known cases of COVID-19 or previous coronaviruses (SARS and MERS) being transfusion transmitted.

Will COVID-19 impact the availability of blood for patients in need?

CBC is working with its 23 partner hospitals to ensure they are considering the blood supply as part of their preparedness planning. While the utilization of blood components has decreased as elective surgeries and procedures are delayed or cancelled, the need for blood remains. CBC must ensure blood is available for patients that will need transfusions during this pandemic, such as cancer patients, individuals with blood disorders, trauma victims, and others.

What is the impact of COVID-19 on blood collections?

There is significant prolonged risk to the blood supply due to cancelled donation appointments and blood drives. This risk is expected to last for the duration of the pandemic with the possibility of more cancelled blood drives in the coming months. The COVID-19 pandemic could also decrease the number of healthy donors able for an extended period.

Can I leave my house to donate?

Yes! Blood donation is an essential activity exempt from Ohio’s Stay at Home Order. It is not considered a mass gathering. CBC asks donors to make appointments in advance to assist with social distancing efforts at the Dayton CBC Donor Center and blood drives.

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.

BLOOD SUPPLY UPDATE:

After March 25 collections CBC’s hospital inventory ranges 5-14 days across blood types. Low: Type AB-negative 5 days.

March 25 collections: The Dayton CBC Donor Center totaled 76 donors with 56 red cell units collected and 15 platelet and plasma. In mobile activity West Milton Lions Club blood drive totaled 82 donors with 68 red cell donations and 7 platelet and plasma. First Presbyterian Church in Troy totaled 61 donors; Mary Rutan Hospital 43 donors; and MidPointe Library West Chester 27 donors.  Whole blood donors totaled 271 at all locations.

Blood Drive Cancellations: 58

Projected Units Lost: 2,400

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.

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

Week of March 23 Community Blood Drives

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.

Fairhaven Church, 637 East Whipp Road, Centerville OH 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 6245 Wilmington Pike, Centerville OH 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 4500 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering OH 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

STEADY IS THE WORD, DUTY IS THE CALL FOR NEAL MUTTER & FIRST CHRISTIAN BLOOD DRIVE

“Steady is the word,” is how Neal Mutter explains his dedication to giving blood. His even keel, firm hand on the wheel approach helped guide the March 24 monthly Springfield community blood drive at First Christian Church through the troubled times of COVID-19. He underscored the importance of the blood drive by making his milestone 300th lifetime donation.

First Christian has been hosting blood drives on the third Tuesday of every month since January 2019. Neal served as coordinator when First Christian Church hosted three blood drives per year and supported Community Blood Center’s request to make First Christian a monthly Springfield community blood drive. It welcomes donors from the wider community and includes automated platelet and plasma donations.

The March 24 blood drive totaled 119 donors, including 94 red cell donations, 16 platelet and plasma donations, and 20 first-time donors.

“I did send out an email a few days before the blood drive saying we need to step up, the blood drive is still on,” said Neal, “and as donors, we have to make sure it gets support, and everybody come out that can.”

This month’s blood drive arrived under the emergency circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Blood drives are essential to protect the community from a blood shortage. Neal recognized the need to assure donors that precautions are in place for the safety of donors, staff, and the blood collected.

“The only thing different was the canteen. We went to all pre-packaged stuff so there would be minimum contact getting snacks out of packages,” he said. “They separated the tables and chairs farther apart and the beds were farther apart. They were wiping everything down in between donor usage and maintaining cleaning to a higher degree. It went smoothly and we had a huge turn-out.”

In anticipation of his milestone 300th donation Neal wore a favorite St. Patrick’s Day donor t-shirt and the “Four Season O-Negative Club” vest he earned by making four donations in one year. Neal’s blood type is O-negative, making him a universal donor for all patients in need. He is also a CMV-negative “baby donor.” Doctors prefer blood negative for the common cytomegalovirus for transfusion to infants, children and other immune-deficient patients.

“I’ve been donating since late 70’s,” said Neal. “It’s just been steady is the word. Every eight weeks I donate. I’m not doing anything special, when I’m due I just go. It’s part of my routine and I’ve kept it up. It’s something I can do, and with my blood type, I’m a universal donor and they use my blood for babies, that makes it even more special, so I can’t up and quit. It’s a duty and I need to keep up with it. I’ll keep it going until I can’t do no more.”

At the blood drive CBC’s Nicole Thruston presented First Christian Church with CBC’s Platinum Award, CBC’s highest blood drive honor in the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club. First Christian earned the recognition by exceeding 100 percent of collection goals in 2019.

“We’re dedicated to keeping the building open and glad as a church to do that for the community,” said Neal. He was particularly pleased to see 20 first-time donors at Tuesday’s blood drive.

“I’ll donate and I’ll keep up the work, and I encourage people too, even the younger folks. I tell them I’m glad to see you in here. A lot of them are starting before I ever did, so the potential is out there for donors to meet the goal I did and even pass that.