Klobuchar to hold virtual roundtable on blood shortage

January is National Blood Donor Month, and blood banks throughout Minnesota are in desperate need of donations.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood banks report donations have dropped by nearly 10%.

As a way to kick off the month, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is hosting a roundtable Monday afternoon to talk with medical experts about how to address the crisis.

According to the Red Cross, about 37% of the population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 3% regularly do.

That leaves more than 110 million potential donors who could still sign-up.

The virtual roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. and will include professionals with the American Red Cross of Minnesota and Dakotas Region, as well as Memorial Blood Centers in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth and Fargo.