First@4: Sioux Falls healthcare officials encourage COVID mitigation; Former Vermillion teacher arrested; Bodycam footage of Ravnsborg released Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Here’s a look at the day’s top stories as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Healthcare leaders in Sioux Falls are encouraging the public to ramp up COVID mitigation efforts as cases and hospitalizations surge in the area.

Over 500 new cases of the virus were reported in South Dakota on Wednesday.

The 578 new cases brings the number of active cases to 5,370. Hospitalizations also increased to 229, up from 216 on Tuesday.

A 23-year-old former Vermillion teacher has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, stalking, and providing alcohol for a minor in Clay County.

Body camera footage of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has been released from his August 22 traffic stop for speeding.

A panel of lawmakers has recommended to the legislature that home-grown marijuana plants for medical use should be banned.

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