LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Cedars-Sinai is hosting seven blood drives beginning Sunday as blood supplies remain consistently low as it has throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cedars-Sinai will host seven blood drives at a different location from Sunday through the following Sunday, except for Thursday.READ MORE: GoFundMe Set Up For Tomas Mejia, Security Guard Fatally Stabbed At Park La Brea Apartments
“Throughout the pandemic, many organizations like schools, churches and large companies haven’t been hosting blood drives like they used to, which has created a consistent shortage,” said Armando Romero, associate director of Blood Donor Services at Cedars-Sinai.
Romero said the need for blood typically increases over summer, as more people travel and are not visiting the blood drives.
“While many of us go on vacation during the summer, the need for blood donations never goes on vacation,” Romero said.READ MORE: United Teachers LA Vote In Favor Of Agreement With LAUSD For Physical Return To 2021-2022 School Year
The blood drives will be held at the following locations:
- Sunday at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd. from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
- Monday at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave. in Playa del Rey from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.;
- Tuesday at the MA Center, 128 Catalina Ave. in Redondo Beach from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
- Wednesday at the Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave. from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.;
- Friday, June 18 at LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #210 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
- Saturday, June 19 at A.V. Saving Lives in Summer, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
- Sunday, June 20 at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive in Hollywood Hills from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Social distancing guidelines will be in place and people are required to wear face coverings at all times. Donors will be prescreened for COVID-19.
People interested in donating blood can check their eligibility here.MORE NEWS: Suspected Car Thief In Custody After Pursuit Ends In North Hollywood
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