Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota Spreads Linked to Covid 19

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Nearly 20 percent of the 1.4 million new cases of coronavirus reported between August 2 and September 2 can be traced back to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held in South Dakota last month.

The 80th annual rally, which saw in excess of 460,000 motorcyclist enthusiasts flock to the small rural town of Sturgis from all over the country, has since been deemed a ‘super-spreading event‘ that’s responsible more than 260,000 COVID-19 cases.

The determination was made by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, who have also estimated that the public health costs for treating patients whose infections are linked to the event will around $12.2 billion. ‘This is enough to have paid each of the estimated 462,182 rally attendees $26,553.64 not to attend,’ the research institute clarified.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota, for ten days usually starting the first Friday in August. In 2015 the city of Sturgis officially expanded the dates to have the rally start on the Friday before the first full week of August and end on the second Sunday. In 2016, Sturgis City Council passed a resolution to begin the Rally on the first Friday in August every year. It was begun in 1938 by a group of Indian Motorcycle riders and was originally held for stunts and races. Attendance has historically been around 500,000 people, reaching a high of over 700,000 in 2015. The event generates around $800 million in annual revenue.

Sturgis is a city in western South Dakota. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame nods to the city’s long-running Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and houses vintage motorbikes, plus memorabilia and photographs. Fort Meade, a 19th-century military outpost, and the Old Fort Meade Museum, documenting its history, are just east of town. To the south, Black Hills National Forest has rugged mountains, canyons and trails.