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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.
The CDC clarified on its website "that people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns related to supply shortages for N95s."
The pandemic has changed nursing, raising questions about the future of nursing and most immediately, who wants to even be a nurse. This crisis in nursing is causing nursing educators to quickly rethink how they train their students and making health systems rethink how they recruit and retain nurses.
Hospital beds are full, leaving virtually no room for people with medical emergencies, life threatening illnesses, accident victims or people with necessary but “elective” medical procedures. When it comes to medical care and treatment, these folks go to the end of the line.

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"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.
Nobody has the right to spread or prolong a disease. We are blessed with many rights in this country, but a person’s personal rights end when their actions are adversely affecting others.
The Mayo Clinic's modeling project is its digital crystal ball for identifying emerging high-transmission hot spots across the country. Mayo data scientist Dr. Curtis Storlie says Minnesota is now on track to double its highest case numbers. "We're probably half way," Storlie said. "From what we're seeing ... the peak in cases could be anywhere from next week to the first week of February, with an estimate of Jan. 24 as our case peak for the state."
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.
State regulators said they wouldn't enforce the vaccine or testing requirement following the high court's ruling, but recommended that employers take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 21.6%

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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.
There were more than 200 cases reported in one day this week
After seeing negative impacts on learning and student mental health during sustained periods of distance learning over the pandemic, going back online is a move school leaders are still reluctant to take.

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