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Local Dignity Health hospitals to host blood drive in July

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 00:11:09-04

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