Report: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally May Have Caused Over 250,000 Coronavirus Cases


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The report estimated that the rally generated about $12.2 billion in public health costs, which is based on the statistical cost of a COVID-19 case.

Over 400,000 motorcycle enthusiasts gathered for the annual rally from Aug. 7-16, and it was reported that social distancing and mask wearing at some of the events was not observed.

The rally was officially linked to hundreds of coronavirus cases across more than 10 states and at least one death. But the study that relied on cell phone data to track movements estimates that over 250,000 reported coronavirus cases from August 2 to September 2 are due to the rally – nearly 20% of the national cases during that time period, according to Andrew Friedson, one of the authors of the report.

Counties with the highest numbers of rally attendees had roughly a 7-12% increase in cases when compared to counties without rally goers…

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