SD Officials Dismiss Report Calling Sturgis Rally “Super Spreader Event"
South Dakota officials are pushing back on a study that claimed the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a superspreader event that will cause $12 billion in economic losses, local news KELO reports.
In Tuesday’s media briefing, South Dakota health officials dismissed the findings of 63-page report from the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, which claims the Sturgis Motorcyle Rally led to an increase in COVID-19 cases both locally and nationally, while costing billions in heathcare costs.
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said people “shouldn’t put too much stock into models.”
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA Commissioner, estimates that this study, if confirmed, would make the Sturgis motorcycle rally one of " the largest studied super spreading events” in U.S. history.