Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Within weeks of the gathering, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita. The surge was especially pronounced in North and South Dakota, where cases and hospitalization rates continued their juggernaut rise into October. Many went unmasked to an event public health officials pleaded with them to skip, putting themselves and others at risk, because they were skeptical about the risks, or felt the entreaties infringed on their personal liberties. Rallygoers jammed bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors and concert venues; South Dakota officials later identified four such businesses as sites of potential exposure after learning that infected people had visited them.



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Despite the concerns expressed by health experts ahead of the event, efforts to urge returnees to self-quarantine lacked enforcement clout and were largely unsuccessful, and the work by state and local officials to identify chains of transmission and stop them was inconsistent and uncoordinated.

Those efforts became further complicated when some suspected of having the virus refused to be tested, said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious-disease epidemiology at the Minnesota Department of Health. Such challenges made it all but impossible to trace the infections attendees may have spread to others after they got home.

500,000 "freedumb-loving" maskless Trumpers jammed into bars and restaurants. What could go wrong?

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-10-21 08:08 PM | Reply

Nobody could have antici...wait...never mind.

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-10-21 10:20 PM | Reply

Actually the blame should go to Trumpy and his deplorables who set the stage and made it easy to do the exact wrong thing in a pandemic.

Trumpy has done everything he can to downplay a dangerous and deadly virus.

Sturgis was just another natural result of that.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-23 01:17 PM | Reply

I think we're looking at a post Sturgis effect.

#4 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-10-23 01:35 PM | Reply

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