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  • Coronavirus: US biker rally responsible for more than 260,000 cases of COVID-19, study suggests

    Thursday 10 September 2020 02:19, UK

    The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attracted almost half a million visitors over ten days at the start of August.

    The research used mobile phone data to track footfall at restaurants and bars, shops, entertainment venues, hotels and campgrounds.

    This was combined with figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which recorded infection rates in Meade County where the rally took place, neighbouring districts and areas across the country from which the largest numbers of people had attended.

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    this is one of the most asinine "studies" I have ever heard... it assumes that none of these 263,708 people would have been infected otherwise... it also puts a cost of $46,000 on each case which is an assumption that every supposed case was severe... that is just stupid... it is nothing but sensationalist nonesense... it is anything but scientific


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        Governor Noem: Modeling Isn’t Reality

        PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement on the grossly misleading San Diego State CHEPS study regarding COVID-19 cases following the Sturgis rally:

        “This report isn’t science; it’s fiction. Under the guise of academic research, this report is nothing short of an attack on those who exercised their personal freedom to attend Sturgis,” said Governor Noem. “Predictably, some in the media breathlessly report on this non-peer reviewed model, built on incredibly faulty assumptions that do not reflect the actual facts and data.

        “At one point, academic modeling also told us that South Dakota would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital at our peak. Today, we have less than 70. I look forward to good journalists, credible academics, and honest citizens repudiating this nonsense.”

        For more data on COVID-19 in South Dakota, visit COVID.SD.GOV.
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela


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          Coronavirus Hospitalizations Have More Than Tripled In South Dakota After Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

          Sep 27, 2020,01:51pm EDT

          Nicholas Reimann Forbes

          Coronavirus records are being broken on a near-daily basis in South Dakota, which is now dealing with its worst confirmed outbreak since the pandemic started—just weeks after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally drew hundreds of thousands to the largely rural state.

          ... A jarring study published in the IZA Institute of Labor Economics claimed that up to 250,000 coronavirus infections might have come from the motorcycle rally. Experts have criticized that number as an “absolute worst-case scenario,” while acknowledging that Sturgis likely has led to an increase in infections.

          ... The spike in South Dakota has been particularly striking, but cases are also on the rise across many states in the Midwest. States likeWisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota have all recently reported new records for daily case increases.