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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Linked to 250K COVID-19 Cases

According to a new report by a group of health economists, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held in South Dakota in August has been linked to 250,000 COVID-19 cases, “roughly 19 percent of the national cases during this timeframe.” Using CDC data and anonymized smartphone data to track foot traffic in and around Sturgis, economists showed how rallygoers “caused [the] spread of COVID-19 cases both locally and in the home counties of those who traveled” to the event. States such as Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, California, and Colorado “saw a 10.7 percent increase in COVID-19 cases more than three weeks following the opening of the Sturgis Rally, and about two weeks following the close of events.”

The paper noted that efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the rally “were largely left to the ‘personal responsibility’ of attendees, and post-opening day media reports suggest that social distancing and mask-wearing were quite rare in Sturgis.” 

Source: nowthisnews.com

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