Sturgis businesses, residents have the opportunity to test for COVID-19 after 80th Sturgis Rally

STURGIS, S.D. -City of Sturgis says residents can now apply for one of the 550 free coronavirus tests that will be given after the 80th Sturgis Rally.

They partnered with Monument Health to provide free COVID-19 testing starting the week of August 17 after the 80th Sturgis Rally which begins on August 7 and ends August 16th.

“Usually the largest time of the rally is the first five days anyway,” said Sturgis City Manager, Dan Ainslie. “It should give a decent incubation period if someone was actually exposed to the virus, to be able to develop enough of the virus antibodies that they would be able to be tested.”

Testing would be for asymptomatic residents as those with symptoms can already be tested by their health care provider.

A total of 1,300 tests are available. The cost to the city is $195,000 and will be reimbursed through the state’s CARES Act funds.

Five-hundred fifty tests are available at first come first serve for those that can prove their residency in Sturgis. The city already has mandatory testing for 150 city employees. Two hundred tests are available for county and school employees. There will also be 400 tests for Sturgis residents who work jobs such as restaurants, gas stations or other jobs where contact with the public is likely.

“We’re going to be in the influx of it all so with as much ppe as we wear you just might not be able to avoid it,” said Charles Schaffer, Co-owner of Rosini Gypsy Tour Tattooing. Schaffer says he will be heading to Alaska in September for a vacation. In that state. you must test negative for COVID-19 prior to arriving in the state. He will be participating in the free testing so he can ensure he can still travel.

Testing will be August 24 and 25th at the community center by drive thru.

Applications are open on the city’s website.

For the City of Sturgis COVID-19 application, visit HERE.

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