In neighboring Minnesota, the state health department is investigating a Covid-19 outbreak linked to the rally and found that at least 51 residents attended the rally and fell ill, and an additional 35 people became infected after contact with a person who went to the rally. , the report says. These 35 people were domestic, social and in the workplace, it said.
Of those 86 cases, four were hospitalized and one died.
About a third of all Minnesota counties had at least one case involving the rally, the report said.
“These findings underscore the far-reaching effects that gatherings in one area may have on another area,” the report said. “The motorcycle rally took place in a neighboring country that had no policies on the size of events and the use of masks, highlighting the implications of policies within and between jurisdictions.”
Among the report’s limitations, the findings do not reflect the impact of the rally on other states, and these figures are likely to underestimate the true impact of the rally in Minnesota.
Ten of Covid-19’s patients said they had close contacts but refused to disclose any information, so public health officials could not see if any of them were ill. At least two protesters also said some of their contacts had symptoms similar to Covid-19, but did not plan to be tested.
“Despite insufficiently establishing the full impact of the rally in Minnesota and other states, these findings underscore the importance of reducing the number of rally participants and emphasize the use of masks, physical distancing, isolation for COVID-19 patients, and close contact quarantine such as strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, “the report said this week.
“Furthermore, these findings demonstrate the rationale for consistent mitigation measures across countries.”