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WATCH: SD Gov. Kristi Noem holds news conference on COVID-19 cases

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(KTIV) - On Wednesday South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem spoke to residents about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Noem said she is stressing that residents continue to wash their hands and social distance.

"I am going to continue to trust South Dakotans to make wise and well-informed decisions for themselves and their families," said Noem.

During the news conference, Noem was asked about why she has not issued a statewide mandate regarding facemasks. She said she doesn't believe she has the authority to be able to mandate a statewide mandate.

"I've consistently said that people that want to wear masks should wear masks, and people that don't shouldn't be shamed because they choose not to."

She went on to say that people should use their own personal responsibility when it comes to wearing masks.

(KTIV) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is scheduled to host a news conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the State Capitol.

You can watch it by clicking here.

We'll have more on her news conference tonight on News 4.

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