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COVID-19 VACCINE

"When it comes to COVID, traditional media sources failed miserably. Free speech and journalistic principles were rare," writes Scott Hennen. "Now that the pandemic is nearing its end (despite the Democrats' attempts to escalate it once again, coincidentally before elections they are likely to lose), can we have an adult conversation about the lessons learned from this long national nightmare?"
A popular at-home program has ended, but saliva tests are still widely used.
“Whether you’re pro-vax or anti-vax or whatever we’re for health care freedom and we believe mandates one-size-fits-all should not be the agenda," Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, said at a Wednesday, April 20, news conference touting the bill at the state Capitol. "You and your medical provider can decide based on your health history what is best for you.”
Mayo Clinic vaccinologist Dr. Greg Poland says the latest data show the benefit of a second booster is real, but "fractional" and wanes fast, meaning that timing and individual health circumstances are important factors when considering a fourth shot.

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Active cases fell 1,835 to 488 over the week, health officials said. The 10 deaths among COVID-19 cases raised the state's death toll to 2,893.
The pace of COVID-19 transmission continued to decline in North Dakota over the last week, though specifics on the virus' prevalence in the state are thinner since the Department of Health scaled back its updates.
The shots will be offered for people over 50 years of age, and those ages 12 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
There are 43 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in South Dakota, state health officials reported March 30. That's the lowest total since Aug. 4.
The seven-day rolling average positive test rate for COVID-19 for March 17, the most recently available date for that figure, was 2.7% — a low not seen since July 2021.
It is unclear how many active COVID-19 cases are in North Dakota because of the lack of data now reported by the Department of Health each week.

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For individuals forgoing vaccination, the risks can include layoffs and ineligibility to collect unemployment, higher insurance premiums, or loss of academic scholarships. For employers, vaccine hesitancy can contribute to short-staffed workplaces.
Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota dropped to a low not seen since Aug. 20, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Vaccinations will still be available at public health offices and pharmacies and from local health care providers

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