COVID-19 Case Traced Back to Huge Biker Rally

Experts feared it could become a 'super-spreader' event
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2020 6:10 PM CDT
COVID-19 Case Traced Back to Huge Biker Rally
People fill a bar during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D., amid the coronavirus pandemic.   (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Health officials are ringing alarm bells after a COVID-19 case was traced back to South Dakota's huge biker rally, CNN reports. The South Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday that someone who went to One-Eyed Jack's Saloon in Sturgis on Aug. 11 has tested positive, so anyone else who went there that afternoon should check for symptoms until Aug. 25. Health experts already worried that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—where 462,000 vehicles were logged entering Sturgis from Aug. 7-16—could become a coronavirus "super-spreader" event. Many attendees didn't keep a distance from people or wear a mask. For South Dakotans seeking medical advice, USA Today reports that the CDC has a COVID-19 screening tool. (Read about a Smash Mouth concert at the rally.)

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