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Through the pandemic, Hoxworth has been accepting plasma donations from recovered COVID patients to help others. The procedure uses antibodies to help those who are still suffering from the disease.

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World Blood Donor Day is this Sunday, June 14. Community Blood Center and Hoxworth both are encouraging people to donate.

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Updated March 23, 2020 2:30 p.m.

Blood donation centers remain open during Ohio's statewide stay-at-home order. Ohioans are permitted to go to donation sites.


With the spread of COVID-19, some Cincinnati area groups are canceling their blood drives over fears of spreading the disease. Now the University of Cincinnati's Hoxworth Blood Center is calling on healthy people to donate.

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Try to wrap your head around this: For the last six decades, Sister Damien Hinderer has been donating blood. For about 50 of those years, the 77-year-old has been making bi-monthly trips to Hoxworth Blood Center to donate blood platelets. The 81 gallons she's donated is more than enough to get Hinderer in the Blood Donation Hall of Fame.

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Gene editing, or the process of making specific changes to DNA, is already helping cancer patients and people with certain inherited diseases. The technology may eventually lead to a cure for AIDS.

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Hoxworth Blood Center is taking extra steps to insure it has adequate blood and platelet donations heading into the holiday weekend. It is putting out the call for donors and opening up two of its centers on July 4.

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A promising clinical trial co-sponsored by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is underway at Hoxworth Blood Center for bone marrow transplant patients. It uses their own blood to fight infection before their immune system is able to.

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Blood centers around Ohio are participating in the nationwide search for extremely rare blood donors to help save the life of a 2-year-old girl in Florida.

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Sickle cell patients face a lifetime of getting blood transfusions because there's no cure for the disease. It's a fact of life for brother and sister Taryn Walker, 14, and King Walker, 11, both students at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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Blood collected locally has been sent to Puerto Rico.  Blood banks there have been closed because over fears of spreading the Zika virus, according to Dr. Ronald Sacher.

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When Hoxworth Blood Center issued an emergency appeal for blood donors in February, WVXU contacted the Community Blood Center in Dayton to see if it too was in emergency. Spokesman Mark Pompilio said there was no shortage, but he was worried about something else.

"It's definitely a concern that our biggest donor group is aging," he said.

That group is the baby boomer generation. And that concern, it turns out, is nationwide.


Hoxworth is issuing an emergency appeal for donations. The center says its blood supplies are critically low.

Spokeswoman Alecia Lipton says all blood types are needed.

"We have seen a decline in blood donations," says Lipton. "Some of that has been caused by the flu, a little because of the weather and school cancelations, but mostly we've seen donor apathy. People just thinking, 'Oh, I'll do it later.' We've really been hit negatively with that for about the past month."


A weekend newspaper headline said blood banks are changing their approach as demand slips.  It reported fewer elective surgeries and better technology are reducing the amount of blood that needs to be collected.  Some centers around the country are even laying off staff because of the shrinking demand.  

Hoxworth Blood Center Director, Dr. Ronald Sacher said that’s not necessarily the case in Greater Cincinnati.

Hoxworth Blood Center is putting out the call for blood and platelet donors.

Spokeswoman Alecia Lipton says area blood supplies are at a fragile level.

"Some of that is due to a very low donor turn out. We can blame part of that on cold and flu symptoms going around but also (Tuesday), due to the weather, we had some folks who were no-shows for their appointments," she says.

Lipton says all blood types are needed and platelet donors are especially important.