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Blood Donations at Decade Low

Officials say Minnesota’s blood bank donations are at a 10-year low.

Red Cross spokeswoman Tonia Teasley says many people are not donating because they are worried about their own health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Teasley says across the region blood donations are down 10 percent.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the issue Monday with several blood bank officials.

Blood donations have been down since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and that’s exacerbated by the new year.

Klobuchar says donations tend to drop following the holidays.

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