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Jeremy Fugleberg

Jeremy Fugleberg is a senior writer and producer covering health, history and true crime for Forum News Service, the regional wire service of Forum Communications Co, and is a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.

  • Health: As health correspondent for the NewsMD content channel, he covers topics such as COVID-19, telemedicine, research, cannabis and other health and health care news across the Upper Midwest, particularly Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. This beat includes a focus on Sanford Health, the nation's largest rural nonprofit health system, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • History: As historical writer for The Vault content channel, he writes in-depth articles on historical people, places and things using archived newspapers articles, historical records and original reporting.
  • Podcasts: As a podcast producer and host, he produces and hosts The Health Variant, a NewsMD podcast featuring behind-the-scenes interviews, new research and health policy and news. He is also co-producing the upcoming sixth season of Dakota Spotlight, an investigative true crime podcast that is the company's most popular show.
  • Editorial Advisory Board: As a member of the Editorial Advisory Board, he works to build trust with readers and viewers by inviting dialogue, soliciting and supporting diverse opinions and explaining editorial decisions.

Background: Fugleberg has worked as a reporter, editor and opinion writer at news outlets across the Midwest and West, including the Watertown Public Opinion, Rapid City Journal and Argus Leader in South Dakota, Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming and Cincinnati Enquirer in Ohio. His coverage has included the energy industry in Wyoming, business and politics in South Dakota and presidential races and city changes in Ohio. He's also freelanced for a wide variety of publications and sites as a writer and social media coordinator.

A native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Fugleberg was raised in Washington and North Dakota. He has a dual B.S. in journalism and political science from South Dakota State University, where he was editor of The Collegian student newspaper and was a Gilman Scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and an M.A. in international diplomacy and commerce from the University of Kentucky's Patterson School, where he interned in Yemen with an organization that trains and equips women journalists.

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Latest articles by Jeremy Fugleberg
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 child's death is the first known fatality in the state of someone below the age of 20.
Health systems in the state regularly report that the overwhelming majority of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are those who aren't vaccinated. Vaccination rates in the state have remained below the national average and continue to creep up, with nearly 58% of the state's population received a full course of a vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, about one in three has gotten a booster shot.
State health officials said late Friday they had procured the million FlowFlex antigen rapid home test kits, which will be made available free of charge to residents who want one. Besides distributing the tests via testing partners, the state Department of Health will also publish on its website and social media channels a list of locations where residents can pick up a test. 
Friday's COVID-19 data update by state health officials concludes a week of eye-popping daily reports, including several of the highest daily new case counts since the start of the pandemic.
There are now 305 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in South Dakota, up 18 since Wednesday, and another 2,183 positive cases raises the active case count to 14,355, according to the South Dakota Department of Health That's nearly double the number of active cases last week. Hospitalizations last stood near the current level on Dec. 24, 2020.
In the latest episode of "The Health Variant" podcast, host and NewsMD Health Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg talks with immunologist Dr. Marc K. Jenkins at the University of Minnesota. Jenkins discusses what we know and don't know about the omicron variant, explains about why it's not so easy to know if you have the natural immunity you need to fight off COVID-19 (but could in the foreseeable future), and details what happened to the hopes for herd immunity. 
There are now 12,578 people in South Dakota who are considered active COVID-19 cases, up 1,825 from Tuesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. Health officials also reported nine South Dakotans had died with COVID-19, raising the death toll to 2,507.
The South Dakota Department of Health reported 3,047 people had newly tested positive in the state, raising the active case tally nearly 2,000 cases to 10,753 people who had a positive test result and were still considered able to spread the virus. That's the highest active case count since Dec. 16, 2020.
The eight fatalities raise the state's COVID-19 death toll to 2,494. The number of active COVID-19 cases climbed 455 to 8,778, the highest tally since Dec. 16, 2020. Despite the rise in new cases, COVID-19 hospitalizations remain stable, dropping two to 238.
Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota have jumped more than 1,000 cases in two days, climbing to 8,323 on Thursday, the highest total since Dec. 21, 2020.