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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.

Contact email: jfugleberg@forumcomm.com

Latest articles by Jeremy Fugleberg
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.

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.
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. 
The following are the state Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Friday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.
Of reported fatalities in South Dakota, 72 were listed in the last two weeks alone, which includes death certificates reported to the state Department of Health over the Thanksgiving holiday. That's the highest two-week total since the last two weeks in January.
The number of active cases in South Dakota has held relatively steady at about 7,700 this week, indicating the number of new cases are equaling recoveries — a rough measure of the surge. Still, new COVID-19 hospitalizations remain steady at about 30 a day, and there are an increasing number of newly reported fatalities.
A winter surge continues as over 1,000 South Dakotans tested positive for the coronavirus, now 10 days since Thanksgiving.
Nearly 500 more South Dakotans were also infected newly with the deadly virus, said the state on Monday, Dec. 6, sending the state's overall active case load higher to 7,682. Nearly 250 South Dakotans are hospitalized with COVID.
South Dakota vaccination rates continue to lag the national average. While nearly 60% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, only about 55% of South Dakotans have gotten their jabs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's only about 43,000 people since the state passed the halfway mark in early September.