NEW: CDC study shows 86 COVID-19 cases in Minnesota tie back to the Sturgis rally. 51 were primary event-associated cases + 35 were close contacts. Four were hospitalized and one died.… (1/5)
Secondary transmission happened at a wedding + a funeral.
16 of 48 patients reported working while infectious, including 5 who worked at the rally and 4 who worked in health care after the rally.
(thanks @ChrisVondracek for link):… (2/5)
The CDC said the findings don’t capture the impact of the motorcycle rally on residents of other states, but they demonstrate the “rationale for consistent mitigation measures across states.” (3/5)
Findings from this case study highlight “far-reaching effects that gatherings in one area might have on another area,” the CDC said, noting S.D. never implemented policies on event size or mask use, “underscoring the implications of policies within + across jurisdictions.” (4/5)
Study limitations:
1: Findings represent an underestimate of the rally's impact in MN & don't capture impacts in S.D./other states.
2: Case interviews were voluntary.
3: Some rally attendees & close contacts didn't get tested.

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20 Aug
SCOOP: "Less than 25" figure that our state epidemiologist shared today about Sturgis covid cases is literally 24 cases. Two public notices so far & 22 cases were out-of-state residents tested at Monument Health.

What about cases in schools? (thread) 1/x…
There are “less than 40 total cases” among K-12 school students, teachers and staff in 19 different districts that have “at least one case” across the state. But the DOH won’t release specific school names or district names as part of their biweekly media updates. 2/x
How will parents know about the cases? Well, schools will issue their own notifications to students and parents when cases are identified in schools.

Okay, but how will the general public and reporters know about the cases? 3/x
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