Guv debunks narrative labeling Sturgis a 'super-spreader'

Thursday, May 6, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Sturgis Rally Aug 2020The governor of South Dakota is accusing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of basing COVID claims on politics – not on scientific data.

The mainstream media was relentless in attacking Governor Kristi Noem for refusing to shut down South Dakota during the height of the pandemic scare in 2020, including the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held last August, which the CDC claims caused "widespread transmission" of COVID-19. In addition, a study conducted in September by a German institute described the rally as a potential COVID "super-spreader."

But a new study from Oxford University – published by the CDC – reports that 649 COVID cases (across 29 states) and one death could be attributed to last year's rally in Sturgis, which was attended by 460,000 people. Still, that study argues the rally "resulted in widespread transmission" of the virus across the U.S.

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In a recent news conference, Governor Noem accused the CDC of basing its recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 on politics and not the best medical data available – and she criticized attempts to paint South Dakota as a bad actor during the pandemic.

During an interview Wednesday on Fox News, Noem outlined the steps the state took to mitigate the concerns about the Sturgis Rally.

"We did testing in that community for weeks afterwards. We reached out to every state that we had visitors from and did our own data collection and tried to hold some accountability out there," she described.

"But these liberal media outlets [and] these Democrats [who] want to attack policies of a state like us that's free … just continue to perpetuate that narrative," she continued. "So, I'm thankful that they're continuing to get more and more of the real facts about what happened at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally before people come again this year. We're looking forward to an even bigger crowd."

The governor says she's planning to attend the 2021 Sturgis Rally.


In the Aug. 15, 2020 photo above, bikers ride down Main Street during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D. (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

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