CDC officials did not immediately answer a question about any other research assessing the Sturgis rally’s impact on other states.
The rally has been a source of contention between the governors of Minnesota and South Dakota. Earlier this month, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz criticized South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem for not taking more aggressive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Walz, a Democrat, said the Sturgis rally was “absolutely unnecessary." Singling out Noem, who is a Republican, he said he wished the state had canceled the rally and imposed a statewide mask mandate, as Minnesota has.
In September, The Associated Press found that at least 290 people in 12 states tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the rally.
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