Sturgis City Council considering mass COVID-19 testing event during Motorcycle Rally
STURGIS, S.D. — The Sturgis City Council is meeting Monday, July 6 to consider a proposal for approving mass testing for COVID-19 for residents during the week of August 13.
The mass testing event will occur during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
When the city council voted to proceed with the Rally with modifications, the primary question of how the residents of Sturgis would be protected was raised. One potential initiative is the mass testing of asymptomatic front-line residents following the event.
With the decision in place, the City of Sturgis has started developing protocols and initiatives to try to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
The investment of the tests is $195,000 and is an unbudgeted expense. It would require a supplemental appropriation from the City’s General fund. The expense would be reimbursed through the City’s allocation of CARES Act Funding.
The proposal states that the city would contract with Monument Health to conduct up to 1,300 COVID-19 tests.
Those who are symptomatic of COVID-19 could receive testing following Monument Health protocols. The mass testing event is meant for residents who are asymptomatic and will help them self-isolate to avoid spreading the virus if they test positive.
The testing is proposed to be divided as follows:
- 150 city employees (mandatory)
- 400 Sturgis residents who worked front-line jobs (i.e. restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores)
- 200 employees of other entities who have requested testing
- 550 general residents of Sturgis
Vouchers will be provided to the entities named above and would be distributed to the entities on a first come first serve basis. Any unallocated vouchers would be used to increase the number of tests available to the general residents of Sturgis.
For Sturgis residents to be tested, they will need to provide a Driver’s license or other proof of residency. Those tests would also be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
You can view the proposal below.