Fewer than 25 rally-goers have tested positive for COVID-19

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota health officials say rally-goers who’ve come down with COVID-19 totals fewer than 25 people.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says the state has received the notice from other states that people who traveled from the rally have since tested positive.

Two of the positive test results have spurred public health notices – one at the Bumpin’ Buffalo Bar and Grill in Hill City and another at One Eyed Jacks Saloon in Sturgis.

“Either us or the state in which the individual resides does work the close contacts for those individuals so we’ve only had two instances where we have not been able to work with individuals to identify all those close contacts,” said Clayton.

Clayton adds that the department is recording people who attended the rally in the 14 days leading up to the onset of their illness, but while they may have attended the rally, this does not mean their only exposure was at the rally.

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