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When given early, lab-engineered antibody infusions have reduced COVID-19 hospitalizations among persons at high risk. Previous versions of these treatments do not appear to work against the omicron variant, however. Replacement products are in short supply, with providers given a few dozen treatments weekly while managing hundreds of new patients.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said that the state planned to file suit against Illinois-based companies Center for COVID Control LLC and Doctors Clinical Laboratory Inc. Combined, the groups ran eight Minnesota testing sites in Eagan, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Virginia. Ellison said the state received numerous complaints from patients and former employees about the testing sites.
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.

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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.
Gov. Tim Walz announced that the first round of staffing support teams was set to move out to 23 hospitals.
The U.S. government's new COVIDTests.gov website, set up for American households to order four free COVID-19 tests amid the Omicron variant surge, is up and running ahead of its official launch on Wednesday, the White House said.
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.
The state has reached 11,000 deaths from the virus.
North Dakota's active COVID-19 cases climbed about 500 over the previous day as testing levels got back on track. Active cases have increased fivefold since the beginning of the month as the extremely contagious omicron variant of the virus sweeps through the state.

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Man is now in Texas after Mercy Hospital sought to remove ventilator
How is the omicron variant different from others? How should you test for omicron? What mask should you wear? When will the omicron surge end? We provide some answers to these and other questions, with information current as of Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Infectious disease physician Sara Lund was among the first pregnant women in Minnesota to be vaccinated in 2020. Now, she and her family are hoping to increase the vaccination rate in pregnant women.

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