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Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota linked to a Covid-19 outbreak in Minnesota, new report says

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

DEADWOOD, SD - AUGUST 08: Motorcyclists ride through downtown Deadwood, South Dakota during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 8, 2020. While the rally usually attracts around 500,000 people, officials estimate that more than 250,000 people may still show up to this year's festival despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August has been linked to a Covid-19 outbreak in Minnesota, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighting how one state's lax rules during the pandemic affect others with stricter measures in place.

(CNN)The motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August has been linked to a Covid-19 outbreak in Minnesota, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighting how one state's lax rules during the pandemic affect others with stricter measures in place.

In neighboring Minnesota, the state's health department investigated a Covid-19 outbreak tied to the rally and found at least 51 residents had attended the rally and became sick, and an additional 35 people were infected after coming into contact with a person who went to the rally, the report said.

In early September, CNN reported Minnesota's health department identified a Covid-19 death stemming from the rally.

About one third of all Minnesota's counties had at least one case associated with the rally, the report says.

Among the report's limitations, it says the findings don't capture the impact the rally had on other states and these numbers are likely an underestimate of the rally's true impact in Minnesota.

Previous CNN surveys of state health departments revealed there had also been cases believed to be linked to the rally identified in Nebraska's panhandle region, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana and Wyoming.

"Despite underascertainment of the rally's full impact in Minnesota and other states, these findings highlight the importance of reducing the number of attendees at gatherings and emphasizing mask use, physical distancing, isolation for patients with COVID-19, and quarantine for close contacts as strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19," this week's report says.

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