And here we go again - Stupid people doing Stupid things...The Sturgis City Council has announced that a modified 80th Annual City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is being prepared. The event will have significant changes to city-sponsored events with the intention of safeguarding the community and residents.
Tens of thousands of motorcyclists roared into the western South Dakota community on Friday, lining Main Street from end to end, for the start of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Despite Virus, Thousands Converge on Sturgis for a huge rally:
> "If We Get It, We Chose to Be Here"
Though only about half the usual number of people are expected at this year's event, residents were split as the city weighed its options. Many worried that the rally would cause an unmanageable outbreak of COVID-19.
> "This is a huge, foolish mistake to make to host the rally this year, the government of Sturgis needs to care most for its citizens"
, Sturgis resident Linda Chaplin told city counselors at a June meeting.
In a survey of residents conducted by the city, more than 60% said the rally should be postponed. But businesses pressured the City Council to proceed. South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota, seeking the freedom of cruising the boundless landscapes in a state that has skipped lockdowns.
At least for now they are staying clear of the Pine Ridge Reservation health check points. I would post tribal police big times at those check points to avoid any of these idiots coming in spitting distance of the Lakota People.
> "We have 500 United States veterans and they are all armed and all are ready to support us in the drop of a dime --- if there is a perceivable threat"
, Oglala Sioux Chief Iron Eyes said.
Good on them ^^^ Aho!
I guess, some people have to see in writing....but I'm sure even if they see it, they still will dismiss it.At least 260 people in 12 states tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the rally
State Health officials announced Tuesday, August 18, that a patron of the One-Eyed Jack’s Saloon at 1304 Main St. in #Sturgis has tested positive for #COVID19. Read the Public Notice: https://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=27179
The hundreds of thousands of bikers who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have departed western South Dakota, but public health departments in multiple states are trying to measure how much and how quickly the coronavirus spread in bars, tattoo shops, and gatherings before people traveled home to nearly every state in the country.
From the city of Sturgis, which is conducting mass testing for its roughly 7,000 residents, to health departments in at least six states, health officials are trying to track outbreaks from the 10-day rally which ended on August 16. They face the task of tracking an invisible virus that spread among bar-hoppers and rallygoers, who then traveled to over half of the counties in the United States.
An analysis of anonymous cell phone data from Camber Systems, a firm that aggregates cell phone activity for health researchers, found that 61% of all the counties in the U.S. have been visited by someone who attended Sturgis, creating a travel hub that was comparable to a major U.S. city.
More than 460,000 people attended the rally between Aug. 7 and Aug. 16, despite the ongoing pandemic and fears it could become a so-called super-spreader event. The turnout was larger than authorities expected, but smaller than in 2019, before the coronavirus outbreak.
At least 260 people in 12 states tested positive for the virus after going to the rally, according to analyses from the Washington Post and the North Dakota-based Forum News Service. At least 105 of those cases involve South Dakota residents, according to state health officials. Minnesota has the second-most with 49.
More than 460,000 people attended the rally between Aug. 7 and Aug. 16, despite the ongoing pandemic and fears it could become a so-called super-spreader event. The turnout was larger than authorities expected, but smaller than in 2019, before the coronavirus outbreak.Minnesota first to report COVID-19 death linked to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
N.H. DHHS is recommending that all N.H. residents who traveled to Sturgis for the rally get tested for COVID-19 and quarantine for 14 days upon their return to N.H., even if they test negative.
Per the state’s travel guidance all individuals traveling outside New England must quarantine for 14 days.