MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On Friday, Minnesota health officials confirmed 15 COVID-19 cases tied to people who visited the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota.
Crowds of maskless motorcycle enthusiasts descended upon the town on the weekend of Aug. 8, with organizers estimating a total number of 250,000 visitors, half the size of a normal year. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who has taken a hands-off approach to the pandemic, supported holding the rally.
Minnesota Department of Health said one of the visitors confirmed to have COVID-19 is currently hospitalized. They expect more cases to show in the next couple of days, considering the number of Minnesotans who visited the event.
Health officials say anyone who went to Sturgis should quarantine for 14 days upon return. If they are sick, they should isolate themselves and get tested.