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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 19, 2020) Jesus Gonzalez, a phlebotomist assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), inserts a needle into the arm of Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Bryan Bennett, a Sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), in order to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) at the hospital's Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) Blood Donation Center (BDC) Aug. 19. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and since recovered are encouraged to donate CCP as part of a Department of Defense-wide effort to alleviate the symptoms of those currently suffering during the pandemic. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way many facets of healthcare are conducted, and NMCSD's ASBP BDC has adapted some of their techniques and practices to keep both staff and patients safe while delivering the high-quality healthcare they've come to expect. NMCSD�s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services and shape the future of military medicine through education, training and research. NMCSD employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians, and contractors in Southern California to provide patients with world-class care anytime, anywhere. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luke Cunningham)

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