Community Blood Center of the Ozarks appreciates community response to critical appeal

Press Release

September 22, 2020 – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood for patients at more than 40 area healthcare facilities, wishes to thank donors for the tremendous response to last week’s critical appeal. Because of their generosity, blood type reserve levels have returned to near-normal levels. Still, a sustained donor response will be needed in the coming weeks as CBCO continues to work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the crisis began in March, more than 300 regularly scheduled blood drives have been canceled or postponed, affecting more than 10,000 much-needed blood donations. Blood drives are still being negatively affected, with more drive postponements and a reduced response expected over the next several weeks. “The response from our area blood donors during the emergency appeal was outstanding. Now we must keep up the pace,” CBCO Media Relations Representative Chris Pilgrim said. “It will take a sustained effort to keep up, with the pandemic still affecting our blood drive results. Please give if you can.”

Area blood usage has spiked over the past few months for reasons unrelated to COVID-19. “Our area hospital partners are using blood at a rate not seen in over three years to treat patients with a range of conditions from cancer to blood disorders and many more,” Pilgrim said. “We also have an increased need for convalescent plasma to treat those who are suffering the most from COVID-19 and are urging anyone who has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to please call 417-227-5301 to be considered as a potential donor.”

Area businesses, churches and other organizations are being asked to consider hosting a mobile blood drive or to direct their potential donors to a CBCO donor center as part of the Blood Boosters donation program. Call 417-227-5000 to arrange a drive or for more information.

To find a CBCO donor center or blood drive near you, go online to www.cbco.org. Appointments are strongly encouraged but not required. Masks are required at every blood drive and donor center. A mask will be made available if you do not have one.

On behalf of local hospital patients, CBCO thanks blood donors from across the region for giving life to your community.