Saturday, August 22, 2020

Coronavirus cases linked to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally now found in Minnesota, 2 other states


Coronavirus cases linked to Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally now found in Minnesota, 2 other states


Minnesota announced that more than a dozen people who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in neighboring South Dakota have tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the third state to link cases of the virus to the massive rally.

One confirmed case linked to the rally, which drew 460,000 vehicles, was identified Thursday and 14 additional ones on Friday, said the Minnesota Department of Health's infectious disease division director, Kris Ehresmann.

Ehresmann said during a conference call with news outlets, including NBC affiliate KARE in Minneapolis, that 14 of those found to be infected were attendees at the rally and one was a volunteer who worked "in a temporary bar situation."

"We're expecting that we're going to see many more cases associated with Sturgis," she said. "Thousands of people attended that event, and so it's very likely that we will see more transmission."

One person who tested positive has been hospitalized, according to Ehresmann.

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