Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals are teaming up with Vitalant to host a series of community blood drives.
The drive is scheduled for the following dates and locations:
- Tuesday, July 7; 2-6 p.m. - Marian Regional Medical Center conference center at 1400 East Church Street, Santa Maria
- Wednesday, July 8; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. - Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Annex Conference Room at 345 South Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande
- Thursday, July 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. - French Hospital Medical Center 3rd floor Copeland Health Education Pavilion at 1911 South Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo
Health officials say there is currently a critical shortage of blood because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many blood drives that are typically held at schools, churches, and by community groups have been canceled.
Donations of all blood types are needed, but health officials say donations of O-negative blood, the universal blood type, are especially important.
To make an appointment to donate blood during the blood drive, visit www.blood4life.org.