First COVID-19 death in state linked to Sturgis rally

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The first coronavirus death linked to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was reported in Minnesota.
  • At least fifty coronavirus cases in Minnesota are reportedly connected to the rally as well.
  • The US has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world, now having surpassed 6 million cases.

A coronavirus-related death in Minnesota was linked to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, according to health officials. The rally drew hundreds of thousands of bikers to the small town in South Dakota last month despite concerns of the pandemic. This is the first Sturgis Rally-connected COVID-19 death that has been reported.

City of Sturgis Public Information Officer Christina Steele said in an email that some safety measures were put in place during City of Sturgis Public Information Officer Christina Steele said in an email that some safety measures were put in place during the event, however, masks were not required.

The Minnesota patient that had been hospitalized and in the ICU was in their 60’s. Around fifty other cases in Minnesota were linked to the rally and more than 250 coronavirus cases nationwide were reportedly connected to Sturgis.

Contact tracing is being used by South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Washington to track down any Sturgis visitors that may have brought the virus back home.

Usually, the rally of motorcycle enthusiasts brings in around 400,000 people to Sturgis. However, no official estimate of this year’s attendees will be available for several more weeks. Sturgis originally canceled the rally but voted to push through with it after hearing thousands of attendees would still come to the event. Wednesday, Minnesota officials reported 761 new coronavirus cases as well as seven new fatalities in the state.

The U.S has reported more COVID-19 cases than any other country in the world, surpassing 6 million coronavirus cases earlier in the week.

Source: CBS News

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