By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4)– The State of Colorado is reporting more than 20 cases of coronavirus linked to people who attended the week-and-a-half-long annual motorcycle event in Sturgis, South Dakota. The virus was expected to cut attendance by nearly half, but the final count put attendance for Sturgis at 462,000, down only 7.5% from the previous year.

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“You know I’m not here to think about that, I’m just here to have a good time,” a man remarked at the event when asked about being with so many people.

They came by the thousands, make that the hundreds of thousands. A total of 462,000, according to South Dakota authorities. But this year there was also an unwelcome guest: COVID-19.

Many said they did their best to stay safe.

“I have a mask that I wear when I am around a lot of people and I keep my distance from all the crowds,” one woman remarked as the rally was taking place.

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The State of Colorado is now asking those who attended the rally and have coronavirus symptoms to be tested immediately. Those without symptoms should be tested seven days after any suspected exposure.

Kevin Bolser co-owns Lucky Horsehoe Customs in Englewood. They weighed whether to stay at home because of the virus or go anyway and take precautions. They went and were among the 462,000 during the 10 day event at Sturgis.

“No one that we went with or knew up there has had any symptoms,” Bolser told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger.

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He said members of his group took special precautions to camp in a relatively remote area of a campground while there and be careful when they got home.

“What I’ve personally done is do a 10 day quarantine to stay away from shops and other public areas,” Bolser said.

At least eight other states have reported COVID-19 cases linked to Sturgis, bringing the known total to more than 100 so far.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has recently stated that she questions whether face masks prevent the spread of coronavirus, saying there is “very mixed research and the science has not proven what’s effective and what isn’t.”

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She also tweeted out a welcome message to those attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally before it kicked off earlier this month.

Rick Sallinger

Comments (3)
  1. Joe says:

    “TomTancredoFan” … great post!

  2. Robert Gift says:

    Always find an idioto quote: “You know I’m not here to think about that, I’m just here to have a good time.”
    Bravo to those practicing social distancing and wearing masks and still enjoying thevent!

    Wonder how manyvill die because of their age andiminished health.
    Their greatest risk was likely riding to and from thevent.

    Nice of Colorado Department of Transportation to have their electric signs read: ‘LOOK TWICE SAVE A LIFE’ – ‘SAFE TO STURGIS’

  3. TomTancredoFan says:

    “They came by the thousands, make that the hundreds of thousands. A total of 462,000 according to South Dakota authorities. But this year there was also an unwelcome guest:
    coronavirus also known as COVID-19”. This sounds like a sentence from Bart Simpson for a segment of Bart’s People. I read it in his voice. The quoted sentence sounds like a foreboding harbinger of doom. The following article would therefore seem to describe a human disaster on a large scale. Tens of thousands probably have contracted the virus. And given the older age of the participants, a few thousand will have died. But upon further reading, a little over one hundred have tested positive, and no known deaths. So about 1/16 of one percent of participants have got the virus. The American media is truly the enemy of the people.

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