Avera Health requires vaccinations for employees, volunteers
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Health officials have reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 and the largest number of infected people on ventilators at South Dakota hospitals since last year. The Department of Health says there are 453 new infections. Fifty-eight of 213 people hospitalized were in intensive care, and 45 were on ventilators. Meanwhile, Sioux Falls-based Avera Health announced Tuesday that it will require full vaccination for its physicians, employees and volunteers. The policy also includes students with rotations at Avera, contracted workers and vendors.