The way we remember concerts has been put on hold until the COVID-19 pandemic gets under control. While events have been announced for next year, we’re not entirely sure what 2021 will look like considering the United States alone is nearing 6 million coronavirus cases. However, events somehow manage to find its way; for instance, bands like Smash Mouth and Trapt held a concert during the annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally in Sturgis, SD. As expected, it appears there are multiple new coronavirus cases linked to the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which ended on Sunday (16th).
NBC News reports that a number of coronavirus cases tied to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally have appeared across state lines as Nebraska has at least seven new cases connected to the rally. The annual event suggested attendees to wear masks but mainly ignored COVID-19 concerns as more than 460,000 vehicles were accounted for according to South Dakota’s Department of Transportation. Other sources such as Star Tribune reported at least fifteen COVID-19 cases in Minnesota have been linked to the rally, including at least one hospitalization. ABC affiliate KOTA TV says an employee of Asylum Tattoo in Sturgis who worked at the shop from 10am-2 am on August 13 through 18th has tested positive for COVID-19. According to CNN, a Sturgis attendee who spent hours at a bar during the rally has tested positive for COVID-19. As cases continue to grow, we are sure there will be another batch of cases linked to the rally soon enough.
Unfortunately, events such as this and the Hamptons turning a drive-in concert into a non-socially distant rave can push the entire music and entertainment industry back even further. This behavior can also add confusion to what’s allowed or not as states continue to re-open and possibly close back up again until this virus gets under control.
Cellphone data tracks Americans traveling to and from South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally https://t.co/1D6HmNGhUz
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 21, 2020
Someone at a bar in Sturgis tested positive…and it was on August 11 so everyone they were in contact with who continued to be in groups could have spread it further. Gee, who could have seen this coming!? https://t.co/o8dunJSj9X
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) August 20, 2020
A worker at a Sturgis tattoo parlor worked five 14-hour shifts while able to transmit COVID-19 to people, the Department of Health announced. https://t.co/pH5HN9YZ4f
— ArgusLeader911 (@Argus911) August 20, 2020
— Sandy Schwartz (@JAH14811221) August 18, 2020
Just announced: More potential COVID-19 exposure in Sturgis during the rally. Individual who has tested positive went to three bars in one day, including One-Eyed Jack’s, which had an employee test positive. pic.twitter.com/KHS5ruwXAN
— jayfug (@jayfug) August 21, 2020
We knew Sturgis was going to be a COVID-19 superspreader but Gov. Noem wouldn’t listen. Now Minnesota officials say 15 residents linked to the Sturgis rally have the virus & 1 is hospitalized. Today S.D. announced 2 deaths & the most new cases in months. https://t.co/wImkc36X9a
— Ruth Hopkins ⚡️❤️⚡️ (@Ruth_HHopkins) August 21, 2020
15 COVID cases in MN linked to Sturgis, one is in hospital. MDH puts out call today during briefing to ask attendees to self-quarantine but more cases likely.
— jburcum (@jburcum) August 21, 2020
South Dakota reports a spike to 193 daily cases today, exactly 2 weeks from the start of the Sturgis motorcycle rally.
The surge can actually be traced back to July 4 and Trump’s visit. Back then the trailing 7 day cases were around 50 per day. pic.twitter.com/CrKoLnRVji
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) August 21, 2020
— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) August 21, 2020
15 Minnesotans who attended the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota have tested positive for COVID-19 & 1 has been hospitalized
— Stone (@stonecold2050) August 21, 2020
Correction COVID goes to Sturgis! pic.twitter.com/H0sbOZXKv3
— Jennifer Tromans (@JenTromans) August 16, 2020