Sturgis Motorcycle Rally causes spike in COVID-19!
To this small town in South Dakota, over 460,000 people gathered, to attend the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is a 10 day event.
Already almost 100 Novel Coronavirus cases have been linked to this sporting event, which drew people here from all over America, including those people living in Coronavirus disease hot spots.
Daniel Ainslie, City Manager, said:
“As a city, there’s nothing we could do, we’re not able to put up roadblocks and say, ‘You can’t come in.’ And it was quite obvious that we were going to have a lot of people here, even if we didn’t call it the rally. The issue is if we did not officially sanction it as a rally, then we would not be able to prepare for it.”
The health department of North Dakota Tweeted:
“Did you return to ND from the 2020 motorcycle rally in Sturgis this week? Be advised: surrounding states, including South Dakota & Minnesota, are reporting positive cases from the rally. Monitor yourself closely for symptoms; if you develop any, isolate until you can be tested.”
Kris Ehresmann, Infectious Disease Division Director of the Minnesota Department of Health said:
“We’re expecting that we’re going to see many more cases associated with Sturgis. Thousands of people attended that event, and so it’s very likely that we will see more transmission.” Minnesota and South Dakota are neighbors and thousands of people from Minnesota went to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Linda Chaplin said:
“For a long time, people would say, ‘Well, do you know anybody that has COVID?’ and I would say, ‘No, I don’t, but I’m watching the news.’ Now, I do know some people that we’ve heard have COVID.” She and her husband drove down to the Sturgis Community Center, to get tested for Coronavirus disease. In the midst of the rally, they left the town, but they were shocked at the crowds that came to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.