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Where To Donate Blood In Chula Vista Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The U.S. blood supply is facing a unique and unprecedented shortage in the wake of the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic. Donations from healthy people in Imperial Beach and other communities are needed now more than ever to avoid another health care crisis, according to two of the nation’s leading blood banks.

Why is it unprecedented? Unlike most crises, which tend to impact the blood supply in specific cities or regions, the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the supply for the entire nation.

In March, the American Red Cross said more than 2,500 blood drives were canceled nationwide because of concerns about gathering in groups at workplaces, colleges and schools. The organization also estimates the cancellations resulted in 86,000 fewer blood donations.

Despite fear over donating blood amid the coronavirus pandemic, it remains safe to do so, according to America’s Blood Centers, whose facilities — in addition to those operated by the Red Cross — are implementing increased social distancing measures and infection control protocols.

These are the blood drives currently scheduled through May 31 in San Diego County, according to the American Red Cross:

Chula Vista

  • Eastlake Community Church: 2355 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91914
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8
  • School of Rock Otay Ranch: 2015 Birch Road, #1107, Chula Vista, CA 91915
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13
  • Chula Vista Center: 555 Broadway, Suite 138, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17
  • Chula Vista Center: 555 Broadway, Suite 138, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22
  • Chula Vista South Bay Service Center: 311 Del Mar Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • 1-7 p.m. April 27
  • The Cheesecake Factory: 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, CA 91915
    • noon to 6 p.m. May 19
  • Chula Vista South Bay Service Center: 311 Del Mar Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • 1-7 p.m. May 26
  • PIMA Medical Institute: 780 Bay Blvd Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 29

Coronado

  • City of Coronado Community Center: 1845 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9

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