South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has dismissed a report suggesting the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a superspreading event for COVID-19.
Noem dismissed the report suggesting that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a super spreading event for COVID-19. That cost billions of dollars in health costs. The South Dakota health officials explained that there are 124 new cases in the state, including one death directly linked to the Rally. Joshua Clayton, the State epidemiologist, mentioned the paper fails to note that schools in the state also reopened close after the Rally ended, which could have attributed to the South Dakota cases' surge.
The health officials added that the researchers assumed that those rally attendees must have caused new spikes where people went post-rally. There is no particular evidence to prove that the Sturgis rally was the main reason for the spread of COVID -19 cases. The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, failed to show accurate numbers.
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