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After Sturgis Rally, Meade County Covid Positive Test Rate 36%

Now Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said it’s not fair to attribute coronavirus cases to any one event. Secretary Malsam-Rysdon thus likely believes it is pure coincidence that, eight days after the close of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Meade County is reporting a 36.1% weekly positivity rate for its coronavirus tests:

According to the South Dakota Department of Health, Meade County has a weekly test-positivity rate of 36.1%. That means more than one out of every three COVID-19 tests are coming back positive in Meade County.

That’s the highest amount for any county in South Dakota dealing with more than 10 new COVID-19 cases.

…Along with a high weekly test-positivity rate, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Meade County increased from 24 on Aug. 4 to 235 on Aug. 23 [Eric Mayer, “Meade County Experiencing 36% Weekly Test-Positivity Rate Eight Days After the Sturgis Rally Ended,” KELO-TV, 2021.08.23].

Butte, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer, and Fall River counties, all popular ride zones for the hundreds of thousands of Sturgis rallygoers, all have test positivity rates for the past week of over 20%. Our statewide test-positivity rate for the past week was 16.1%.

Once upon a time, the World Health Organization told us that we shouldn’t reopen businesses and other public venues until we’d made it for two weeks with a test-positivity rate of 5% or lower.

But hey, don’t be mean. It’s absolutely not fair to suggest that inviting hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country to crowd into a town built for maybe 7,000 and shout and drink and bump and grind could have anything to do with an increase in the spread of a communicable disease.


  1. John Dale 2021-08-24 11:18

    Could someone please help me confirm that the PCR tests had their emergency use authorization revoked because the tests were returning a very large number of false positives?

  2. John Dale 2021-08-24 11:22

    If we were to speculate a little bit, I wonder what, if we were measuring, past events did to exchange viruses and immunity.

    Events that bring people from far and wide are the drivers of widespread herd immunity.

    Clean freaks that avoid getting sick will find themselves more susceptible in old age to simple viruses, creating a panic situation.

    We cannot let this phenomenon (to the extent I’m correct) reduce future elder immunity for today’s children.

    Children should be able to acquire natural lasting immunity, and certainly do not deserve being attacked by a man-made bioweapon.

    Thanks deep state.

  3. Porter Lansing 2021-08-24 11:43

    Over the past week, about 1,000 Americans per day have died of Covid; vaccination would probably have saved more than 95 percent of them. – NYTimes
    Death comes for all of us.
    Fools go first.

    -John Dale however, isn’t a fool.
    -John Dale is a Communist and Russian influencer.
    -He’s part of the cabal of Russians imbedded across America, missioned with causing chaos through misinformation.

  4. Donald Pay 2021-08-24 11:44

    That Health Secretary is a dipsy doodle, just like John Dale. Yes, you can attribute covid cases to any one event. Of course, it’s much harder to do when you don’t bother to do the contact tracing, which South Dakota either doesn’t do, or does a piss poor job of. My kid lives in Beijing. Unlike most of the US, they have excellent contract tracing which allows them to pinpoint to the building where cases have come from. We have to understand the US has a third world public health system, along with third world infrastructure. We aren’t the world’s leader in much of anything except stupidity, as John Dale is consistently reminding us.

  5. Porter Lansing 2021-08-24 11:59

    -Almost all that won’t vaccinate are overt, control freaks.
    -Covid took away that which is so very important to their identity.
    -To compensate, they invent situations that they imagine they can control.
    -Not joining the group of vaccinated is one of those situations.
    -Being stubborn and unreasonable is now what’s important to their identity.
    Information Expanded:
    -When you’re vaccinated the vaccine is in control.
    -When you refuse the vaccine, you’re still in control.
    -Finding something vital that control freaks can control, while vaccinated, is a key.

  6. O 2021-08-24 12:12

    Mr. Dale’s “herd immunity” is code for thinning the herd. How many have to get this disease and die for the “herd” to be safe? I do not like the reckless attitude conservatives have to the life-threatening effects of this disease.

  7. John 2021-08-24 12:28

    It’s long past the time to mandate COVID vaccinations.
    As the federal judge wrote, there is no protected class of anti-vaxxers. There is no right to carry an infectious virus. There is no right to spread an infectious virus among the population. There is no right to spread an infectious virus among school children, among co-workers, among customers, or among the public.

    Which vaccination mandates are legal? All of them.

  8. ds 2021-08-24 13:16

    Here goes John Dale again trying to monopolize the responses with his repetitive denier and alternative facts posts…Freedom of speech is a right but carries with it a responsibility to consider the repercussions of lies. NOW With near 800 new South Dakota DOH confirmed cases today, with dozens of under-10 year old infections also confirmed, with untold long-lasting complications for those lucky enough not to die form this virus, with the proven BEST and ONLY available defense against contracting the disease being testing, masks, sanitation, vaccination, and social distancing, with the southern states experiencing record new infections,hospitalizations and deaths… here we have John Dale promoting everything else but common sense scientific certified information. Don’t listen to his endless posts…he has no interest in your health..he only posts to self-serve his ego.

  9. sx123 2021-08-24 13:31

    Holy crap. Did you see the number of new cases in SD today?

  10. Curt 2021-08-24 16:34

    Schools opened in RC today with active cases in Pennington County more than 5 times as high as at this point in 2020 … and with the local School Board now controlled by right-wing anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers, none of the responsible anti-virus measures employed by the District last year.

  11. Mark Anderson 2021-08-24 17:38

    The miniscule covid is waiting for you anti vaxxers please mingle and cough. Listen to John Dale, please follow his advice. You’ll get your inheritance early.

  12. Joe 2021-08-24 19:36

    Did y’all catch this bit of news?

    HOUSTON (AP) — “The National Rifle Association announced Tuesday it has canceled its annual meeting, which had been set to be held next month in Houston, due to concerns over COVID-19.

    The NRA’s meeting had been set for Sept. 3 through Sept. 5 and would have been attended by thousands of people taking part in social gatherings and other events on acres of exhibition space.

    The organization said it made the decision after analyzing relevant data regarding COVID-19 in Harris County, where Houston is located. Houston, like other Texas cities and communities, has seen a jump in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the highly contagious delta variant. Hospitals in the Houston area and around the state have continued to fill up with COVID-19 patients, with ambulances sometimes waiting hours to offload patients as beds have become scarce.”

  13. grudznick 2021-08-24 19:39

    Seems a bit of a short meeting. I’m sure the NDS, spreading faster than covid bugs, will have all the Texas doings blamed upon Governor Noem. Probably some of the gunnery fellows will still gather and have private meetings and social gatherings and other events.

  14. Bob Newland 2021-08-24 20:32

    John Dale, WTF?

  15. Dicta 2021-08-24 21:12

    Can someone tell me why Cory allows this guy to continuously spout misinformation nearly unfettered but cited posts are delayed or never posted at all?

  16. Bonnie B Fairbank 2021-08-25 07:03

    As much as I love Rally, could everyone just PLEASE GO TF HOME? Today’s the 25th and people actually live and try to sleep along US 385 in Fall River County. Ride your Hawgs and obnoxious sound systems right back to your single-wides and your half-sibling brides.

  17. Guy 2021-08-25 08:43

    Corey Taylor of Slipknot is now ill with COVID as reported by KELOland. He got vaccinated and performed at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Rally a couple weeks ago. I was wondering if the Rally would spread the COVID illness again this year. Cory, thanks for the update and stats on this year’s Rally and COVID spread. It just goes to show that you can be vaccinated like Taylor and still get very sick. (We do not know if Taylor got COVID from Sturgis). We have also learned that in the case of the fitness guru Bill Phillips, you can get COVID multiple times and building up antibodies means nothing in certain cases like Phillips.

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