In neighboring Minnesota, the state Department of Health investigated a Covid-19 outbreak linked to the demonstration and found that at least 51 residents had attended the demonstration and became ill, and another 35 people were infected after contacting a person who went to the report , the report said. The 35 people were household, social and workplace contacts.
Of these 86 cases, four people were hospitalized, and one died.
About a third of all Minnesota counties had at least one case related to the rally, the report says.
“These findings highlight the far-reaching effects that collections in one area may have on another,” the report said. “The motorcycle rally was held in a neighboring country that did not have event size and mask use policies, underscoring the implications of policies within and across jurisdictions.”
Among the report’s limitations, it says the results do not capture the impact the rally had on other states, and those numbers are likely to be an understatement of the rally’s real impact in Minnesota.
Ten of the Covid-19 patients reported having close contacts but refused to disclose any of their details so public health workers could not see if any of them were ill. At least two rally participants also said some of their contacts had Covid-19-like symptoms but had no plans to be tested.
“Despite the subconscious of the full impact of the demonstration in Minnesota and other states, these findings highlight the importance of reducing the number of participants in rallies and emphasizing mask use, physical distance, isolation for patients with COVID-19 and quarantine for close contact as strategies for to reduce the spread of COVID-19, “reads this week’s report.
“In addition, these findings demonstrate the rationale for uniform mitigation measures across states.”