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.