Well i am not one bit surprised ......do you really think a shitload of bikers are going to give a flying fuck .......no sireeeee!!!!!! bob ......it's sturgis ......i have been to a few motorcycle gatherings ....and these guys only care about one thing ........fun!!!!drinking ....and more fun!!!!...i personally do not think a mere pandemic is going to stop a shit load of bikers .....hardcore .....
Sturgis motorcycle rally tied to new coronavirus cases a state away in Nebraska
Coronavirus cases tied to this month's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota have appeared across state lines in Nebraska, public health officials said Thursday.
At least seven new cases in the region have been tied to the rally, the Panhandle Public Health District confirmed to NBC News. The health department did not provide further details.
The annual 10-day gathering began August 7 and ran until Sunday and drew more than 460,000 vehicles, according to South Dakota’s Department of Transportation. The event was held despite concerns from residents that it may put people at risk for contracting COVID-19, the disease associated with the virus.
At least one case had already been connected to the rally. The state’s Department of Health said in a news release Tuesday that a South Dakota resident who visited One-Eyed Jack's Saloon in Sturgis between noon and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 may have transmitted the virus to other patrons.
Videos and photos posted to social media showed a large crowd gathered during a Smash Mouth performance during the rally's opening weekend. The band headlined the Sturgis Buffalo Chip music festival.
Event organizers had said signs would be posted at all entry points and gathering areas to remind guests to remain socially distant, encourage the use of face coverings and explain recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of the virus.
But attendees seemingly flouted such guidance as images showed them close together without masks or face coverings during the band's set. Social media users criticized Smash Mouth for its involvement in the gathering.
Frontman Steve Harwell told the crowd, "We're all here together tonight. F--- that COVID s---," one video showed.
A representative for the group said the band had no further comment.
Health officials in 3 states have traced new COVID-19 cases to the Sturgis motorcycle rally where hundreds of thousands of bikers gathered
- Health officials in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota have now traced multiple new COVID-19 cases back to a motorcycle rally held in Sturgis, South Dakota between August 7 and 16.
- The rally, which drew hundreds of thousands of bikers to the 6,900-person city, has been tied to 15 new coronavirus cases in Nebraska, seven in Minnesota, and multiple incidences in South Dakota, according to CNN.
- The event was one of the largest public gatherings in the US since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Less than a week after the close of a massive 10-day motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, health officials in the state, as well as in Nebraska and Minnesota, have traced multiple new COVID-19 cases back to the event.
The rally, which drew hundreds of thousands of bikers to Sturgis, has been connected with 15 new COVID-19 cases in Nebraska, seven in Minnesota, and several new cases in South Dakota, according to CNN. Social distancing and mask-wearing were relatively sparse at the rally, according to The New York Times.
Kris Ehresmann, director of the infectious disease division of Minnesota's health department, told CNN that the state expects its number of positive tests tied to the rally to increase in the coming days.
The rally was one of the largest public gatherings in the US since the coronavirus pandemic began, with South Dakota's department of transportation counting 462,182 vehicles entering the city during the event.
Phone-location data aggregated by the data firm X-Mode Social revealed that visitors came to Sturgis from all parts of the US, including states that recently experienced surges in COVID-19 cases like Arizona, Texas, and Georgia.
This year's rally, which was the city's 80th, occurred despite opposition from Sturgis' own residents. A majority of its residents favored postponing the event, according to a city-sponsored survey sent to 3,290 homes.
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