San Diego Blood Bank issues urgent call for blood donations

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Blood Bank issued an urgent call for blood donations Sunday.

All blood types are desperately needed this holiday weekend.

Claudine Van Gonka, Director/Community Relations & Marketing at San Diego Blood Bank, joined KUSI’s Jason Austell on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the blood shortage.

Van Gonka described that a number of their mobile drives have been cancelled due to increases in the COVID-19 delta variant.

She added that they continue to maintain social distancing in the blood mobiles and wipe down surfaces between donors.

There is no known risk of getting COVID-19 from a blood transfusion, Van Gonka explained.

As of Sunday morning, they were at about a three-day supply, she warned.

Donating blood saves lives.

An appointment is not needed to donate blood. Find out where to donate here.

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