The claim: A post online attributes 88 positive tests to Sturgis Rally, 0.02% infection rate of attendees
Motorcyclists from around the country converged on Sturgis, South Dakota, for the town’s annual motorcycle rally in August — most unmasked and ignoring social distancing guidelines. Some on social media are claiming the event had little effect on the spread of COVID-19.
“Mass testing of Sturgis workers, residents result in no more positive results % than the rest of the state average,” a screenshot of a post reads. “Actually on the low end of the scale. All positive cases were asymptomatic.”
The post goes on to say the South Dakota Department of Health is allegedly attributing 88 positive tests to the rally, and that with 450,000 rally attendees, that’s a 0.02% infection rate.
The screenshot has been shared by Facebook group Bikers for Trump and multiple individuals. That group did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment and clarification.