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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.
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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.
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.

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The active COVID-19 case count in the state reached a new all-time high Thursday, rising 2,053 to 24,796. On Dec. 30, the state reported 8,323 active cases. Current hospitalizations climbed to a high not seen in over a year, rising six to 343, the highest tally since late December 2020.
The child's death is the first known fatality in the state of someone below the age of 20.
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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.
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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. 
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