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500 million free at-home rapid tests will be available to Americans starting in January.
In today's "Minding Our Elders" column, Carol Bradley Bursack offers advice to a reader who wants to provide accurate information to the doctor without upsetting their mother.
The 11 newly reported COVID-19 fatalities means South Dakota health officials have reported 96 deaths thus far in December, and 32 this week alone.
While Sanford Health continues to treat non-COVID-19 patients with non-urgent conditions at its Sioux Falls hospital, Avera Health is pushing any non-urgent procedures, especially those requiring an overnight stay, to the spring to make room for the surge in COVID-19 patients.

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky must sign off on recommendations before the United States can begin administering the vaccine to children in the age group. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization of the vaccine in 5-11 year olds on Friday.
Leann Jeffers shares her story during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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CDC director Rochelle Walensky signed off on the recommendations late on Thursday, aligning the agency with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authorization U.S. FDA clears Moderna, J&J COVID-19 boosters, backs use of different vaccine for boost on Wednesday for the additional boosters and "mix-and-match" dosing.
The Texas measure, one of a series of restrictive abortion laws passed at the state level in recent years, bans the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy, a point when many women do not yet realize they are pregnant.
After hearing presentations from J&J and FDA scientists, many members of the advisory panel asked if J&J's single-dose vaccine should actually be considered a two-dose shot for everyone.

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