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The 13 fatalities raise the state's COVID-19 death toll to 2,573, with 85 deaths reported in January thus far. The COVID-19 daily hospitalization tally jumped significantly, climbing 44 to 392. Of those, 76 are in intensive care.
After dipping slightly in late December, the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 started to grow again amid a wave of new cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus.
New cases reported in a single day and the state's rolling average positivity rate both hit pandemic highs on Wednesday as the omicron variant continues to topple testing records.
A child under the age of 10 died with COVID-19, the second child fatality reported in the past week and only the second since the pandemic began, raising the state's death toll to 2,560, state health officials reported.

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The state has reached 11,000 deaths from the virus.
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There are now 2,559 South Dakotans who have died with COVID-19, with 73 deaths reported in January thus far, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 21.6%
North Dakota had its most severe coronavirus outbreak back in November 2020, and now it's once again approaching the alarmingly high number of infections it experienced over a year ago.
The active COVID-19 case count in the state reached a new all-time high Thursday, rising 2,053 to 24,796. On Dec. 30, the state reported 8,323 active cases. Current hospitalizations climbed to a high not seen in over a year, rising six to 343, the highest tally since late December 2020.

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Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 20.7%
Unvaccinated individuals must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within the last 72 hours.
North Dakota had 6,062 active COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, Jan. 12, the most the state has seen since late November 2020.

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