Health departments have traced at least 260 cases to the biker rally held last month, a number they say is likely a severe undercount.
September 2, 2020

About as predictable as the sun rising. An estimated 400,000 attended the annual biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, a town of less than 7000 people. Masks were scarce and social distancing was an oxymoron.

The awful thing about these super spreader events is that besides the selfish people who attended and who will get sick and some more will die, is that they'll take it back home with them, to spread to others. And this was all completely unnecessary.

Source: Washington Post

A Minnesota biker who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has died of covid-19 — the first fatality from the virus traced to the 10-day event that drew more than 400,000 to South Dakota.

The man was in his 60s, had underlying conditions and was hospitalized in intensive care after returning from the rally, said Kris Ehresmann, infectious-disease director at the Minnesota Department of Health. The case is among at least 260 cases in 11 states tied directly to the event, according to a survey of health departments by The Washington Post.

Epidemiologists believe that figure is a significant undercount, due to the resistance of some rallygoers to testing and the limited contact tracing in some states. As a result, the true scope of infections stemming from the event that ran from Aug. 7 to Aug. 16 is unlikely to ever be known. Public health officials had long expressed concern over the decision to move forward with the annual event, believed to be the largest held anywhere in the U.S. since the pandemic shelved most large-scale gatherings.

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