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They say the surging pandemic is stressing health systems by not only sending more people to the hospital, but also by taking staff away who are either sick with COVID-19, recovering, or have to stay home as caregivers because the virus has closed child care centers.
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.
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.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 18, 35 out of 257 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus, along with six new arrivals.

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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.
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.
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.
If you want advice about COVID-19 and the vaccines, make an appointment with your primary care physician who will examine you and your medical history, and then dispense advice to you privately in a way that's not calculated to titillate an audience. But as for Becker and the question of medical ethics before us? We ought to tread carefully.
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.
Active virus cases fell in North Dakota on Monday following low weekend testing. The omicron variant has pushed virus case numbers up at an unprecedented rate in the last two weeks.

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"If you make a conscious decision not to be vaccinated, come down with COVID-19 and need to be hospitalized you should not be allowed to go to the front of the line," writes Phoenix resident Bill Brudvik. "The tail is wagging the dog."
Last week, the university reported 209 COVID-19 cases, including 192 students.
"This is government money that the Department of Health is using to carpet bomb consumers with a message that has mostly fallen on deaf ears," InForum columnist Scott Hennen writes about money spend on vaccine advertising.

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