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How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally might have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest

 

October 19, 2020

Stephen Groves – Associated Press

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2020, file photo, people congregate at One-Eyed Jack's Saloon during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D. Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation. Infections have been spurred by schools and universities reopening and mass gatherings like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which drew hundreds of thousands of people from across the country.

It had been a long ride back from Sturgis, S.D., so when he first felt an ache at the back of his throat, Kenny Cervantes figured he was just tired. He'd traveled the 400-some miles on his Harley, rumbling through wide-open farm and prairie land on his way home to Riverdale, Neb., where his girlfriend was waiting.

A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, the 50-year-old construction worker and father of five had been determined to go to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a holy grail for bikers. Even when his girlfriend, Angie Balcom, decided to stay back because she was worried about being around so many people during a pandemic, Cervantes was adamant about going.

"I don't think there was nothing that was going to stop me," he said.

https://www.startribune.com/how-the-sturgis-motorcycle-rally-might-have-spread-coronavirus-across-upper-midwest/572785512/

 

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