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COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with a 10-Day Motorcycle Rally in a Neighboring State — Minnesota, August–September 2020

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  • COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with a 10-Day Motorcycle Rally in a Neighboring State — Minnesota, August–September 2020


    Early Release / November 20, 2020 / 69

    Melanie J. Firestone, PhD1,2; Haley Wienkes, MPH1; Jacob Garfin1; Xiong Wang, DVM, PhD1; Kelley Vilen, MPH1; Kirk E. Smith, DVM, PhD1; Stacy Holzbauer, DVM1,3; Matthew Plumb, MS1; Kelly Pung1; Carlota Medus, PhD1; Joseph D. Yao, MD4; Matthew J. Binnicker, PhD4; Andrew C. Nelson, MD, PhD5; Sophia Yohe, MD5; Kathryn Como-Sabetti, MPH1; Kris Ehresmann, MPH1; Ruth Lynfield, MD1; Richard Danila, PhD1

    Summary

    What is already known about this topic?

    Gatherings present an opportunity for rapid spread of COVID-19.

    What is added by this report?

    Following a 10-day motorcycle rally in South Dakota attended by approximately 460,000 persons, 51 confirmed primary event-associated cases, 21 secondary cases, and five tertiary cases were identified in Minnesota residents. An additional nine likely rally-associated secondary or tertiary cases occurred. Four patients were hospitalized, and one died. Genomic sequencing supported the associations with the motorcycle rally.

    What are the implications for public health practice?

    The impact of gatherings as a source of virus transmission underscores the importance of reducing the number of attendees at gatherings, using face masks, and encouraging physical distancing to prevent ongoing transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Furthermore, these findings demonstrate the rationale for consistent mitigation measures across states.


    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6947e1.htm?s_cid=mm6947e1_w

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