Dreaded coronovirus infections now surging at Sturgis
Warnings and predictions coming true. Virus infections exploded in Meade County, home of the Sturgis Rally two weeks ago.
Huge 1550% increase in covid infections in Meade County, home of Sturgis.
Here are the headlines NOT being promoted by the "freedom-loving" governor and South Dakota Tourism
South Dakota Leads U.S. in Largest COVID Case Increase, With 312 Percent Rise in 14 Days...Newsweek
South Dakota cases quintuple after Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...NBC News
Sturgis Rally is what a vacccine-era coronovirus superspreader event looks like...DailyBeast
Warnings About the Sturgis Rally Have Come Tragically True...Yahoo Voices!
Meade County experiencing 36% weekly test-positivity rate eight days after the Sturgis Rally ended...KELOLAND News
Covid 19 in South Dakota: 455 total new cases; Death toll rises to 2059; Active cases 3416...KELOLAND News
ICU beds full at two Western South Dakota hospitals...KELOLAND
The South Dakota county where the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was held has seen a 1,550% increase in Covid cases over the past two weeks, officials say...NBC News
Warnings About the Sturgis Rally Have Come Tragically True: "In S Dakota’s Meade County, more than 1 in 3 COVID-19 tests are currently returning positive, & over the last three weeks, 7-day average case counts have increased by 3,400 percent."...Carla Marinucci
Dr. Maimuna Majumder "Over the last 21 days, #COVID19 cases have increased by 3400% in Meade County, home to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally."
South Dakota Covid cases quintuple after Sturgis motorcycle rally...NBC News
Our narratives often roar past the facts, but the Sturgis facts, again, are bad...Spokesman-Review
South Dakota COVID cases explode after Sturgis motorcycle rally...Salon
Covid cases spike in SD after Sturgis bike rally...MSNnow
Rise in COVID cases "alarming", says Monument Health physician...KNBN
Coronavirus: South Dakota COVID-19 cases surge in wake of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...KIRO Seattle
Sturgis was a major 'superspeader' event — just as warnings predicted...AlterNet
South Dakota colleges will reinstate COVID-19 dashboards showing cases among students, staff...Argus Leader
South Dakota sees 352% Covid surge in wake of biker event dubbed a ‘super spreader’ last year...Independent
Covid Cases Spike After Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—Again...Forbes
Cases in South Dakota rise nearly sixfold after annual Sturgis motorcycle rally...AOL
Covid 7-day percentpositivity rate
Sturgis crowd size was a bit overhyped, as we predicted...
2021 was big, but not the biggest. Just below the hugely gigantic 75th Sturgis Rally.
And quite a bit less than the 700,000-plus the over-zealous were talking about at the beginning of the rally this year.
People watching at the Big One...
2021 photos at BikerDeep
And...International visitors dropped dramatically...
Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie
81st Sturgis Rally up. Only the 75th drew more visitors in the last decade. Campgrounds packed along I-90 and elsewhere.
An American crowd with international visitors dropping from the usual 10-15 percent of the massive herd, down to only 1-2 percent. Cause - the pandemic, of course.
What it looks like when a city goes from 706,000 popiulation down to 7,000
Sturgis the week after the rally...
And Deadwood, below:
With live web cams at SturgusCams
But then, last year was light
Numbers on about everything were up in 2021.
Except traffic accident deaths. They were down.
It's the attitude, man...
2021 photos at BikerDeep
Lower than in Previous Years
A 66-year-old man died after his motorcycle struck a sidewalk curb on Lazelle Street in Sturgis and he lost control. This is the last death/injury associated with the rally.
Four motorcycle accident deaths. That is relatively low compared to past years.
"He was not wearing a helmet." A common denominator in most of the accident reports.
Sturgis Police stats: 26 calls for fights, disturbances and assaults; three thefts or burglaries, 20 reports of an unwanted or intoxicated person; and 16 domestic disturbances.
Sturgis Police issued 91 non-traffic citations, 135 traffic citations and 73 parking citations and transported 83 people to jail - 1,450 verbal warnings.
Meade County Sheriff...calls for service were 569 compared to 478 last year. Tickets written 114 compared to 102 last year.
Tea, and perhaps otherwise...
New photos daily at: BikerDeep.com
And then this breaking story below:
Even his girlfriend is afraid of him
Minnesota man attends Sturgis Rally and has criminal charges pending in a string of three South Dakota Counties.
Charged in Lyman County with driving under the influence, driving with a cancelled license and no motorcycle endorsement; in Brule County with simple assault against a law enforcement officer, obstructing an officer and threats against law enforcement officer or family and in Meade County with domestic assault.
There's more...kicking police, fighting police, threatening to slit the throat of and kill the police sergeant, and then there's the scared girlfriend...
The whole story in the Mitchel Republic,
It's Friday and the Great Exodus of the bikes starts at a trickle
More photos daily at Bikerdeep.com
Black Hills area getting short temporary relief...it won't last...
The air quality index reading Friday at Black Hawk between Rapid City and Sturgis.
Worst Air quality probably ever in the Black Hills this summer.
Black Elk Peak
Below, a photo of Black Elk Peak in the Black Elk Wilderness during cleaner air times. Taken in May...the white is snow.
Excellent weather conditions made for quick work
A forest fire that could been much larger has quickly been contained by slurry bombers, ground crews and bulldozer south of Sturgis.
Sturgis vendor reveals rally startup cost
Hustling at Sturgis where
Fire now appears to be laying low due to weather conditions
About 80 acres burned so far in the Kirk Fire. Higher humidity and lower temperatures have greatly helped containing the blaze. Helicopters, dozers, fire engines and hand crews worked through last night. The fire was first reported Wednesday afternoon.
The Hulett WY mid-rally conclave was once again...delightful...
Good ride into the red rock country of this part of Wyoming. Hulett is one of the most Western towns in Wyoming, which is saying something when you are talking about Wyoming.
Good crowd once again. But not as many as I expected considering the big numbers at Sturgis. Pig meat lunch free or with donation, laid back atmosphere, very scenic ride. Due for a bigger bounce-back after the "difficulties" of world health have passed.
This guy had the horse patrol at the Hulett Ham 'n Jam this year. Riding amongst the crowds and bikes. The horse is really well broke and of the best temperament. I was standing under one of those plastic shade awnings about 10-feet by 10-feet with metal poles and frame. With a deputy. A gust of wind like one gets in Wyoming came up and picked the entire awning up and flung it through the air hurling it right at the front feet of this horse. Horse made a little backstep, but noting else. And there aren't many that would have done ONLY that. Surrounded by lots of humans who are no match for 1000 pounds of scared horseflesh.
Kind of the opporsite of some sectons of Sturgis, where I think a few would sell the air you breath if they could get away with it
Christian Motorcyclists Association free ice water at Hulett
Pretty nice because you can get dehydrated in low humidity Wyoming summer.
It took only one week
Only about 60 percent of eligible adults vaccinated in state. No stats or figures yet available for Meade County and Sturgis. As a side-note, one of the
National statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
One of the more laid-back days at Sturgis, in Hulett, WY
And a photo slide shows of past "Hulett's"
One of the famous events at the Sturgis Rally aka Wyoming.
Pig Meat Lunch is usually available at no cost, if you are willing to stand in line.. Unsure whether the free lunch will be available this year.
A long parade of bikes will make their way from Sturgis, SD to Hulett, WY
The Hulett Ham 'n Jam sometimes tends toward the more risque, compared to Sturgis Main St
Red soil Western landscape not far out of Belle Fourche.
Not far from Devils Tower of "Close Encouters of the Third Kind" fame.
More from the horse's mouth at Hulett, and sheiff's deputies are sometimes roaming here on Horses. This afterall, is Wyoming.
Impressive beyond what photos depict. This was the nation's first national monument.
from daily Sturgis photos at BikerDeep.com
Here is the "Meet the Press" interview last Sunday
US Forest Service photo
Helicopters are dipping big buckets of water out of Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills to drop on the Iron Wildfire in the Black Elk Wilderness in the Black Hills. Forty firefighters are on the ground there. The fire crew started on Monday.
No information yet on fire size, but the US Forest Service reported that it is 25 percent contained. It's minuscule compared to the record-setting fires in the Pacific Northwest.
Black Elk Wilderness is about 1 mile elevation near Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Iron Mountain Fire - U.S. Forest Service report
Black Hills National Forest
Thousands now on Sturgis Main Street and Lazelle.
Daily photos added at:
Big increase in open container violations - 207 tickets issued for that. It's legal to take beer and wine onto the street this year. But it must be in an "official" Sturgis Rally plastic cup. I suppose that decreases litter. It also kind of requires people to buy alcohol from the bars on the street.
And all this despite the fact that there are way more people at the Sturgis Rally 2021. Way more. Maybe the an all-time record.
Meet Sheriff Merwin, preferably under amiable circumstances:
But only if you use the official Sturgis Rally plastic cups...
Not just no, but HELL NO !
CNN interviews on Sturgis Main Street
Interviewed Sunday morning on "Meet the Press"
Further reporting on this at Forbes
Note the guy with the deer antlers on his bike...
Likely making this one of the most dangerous places in America
Meade county where Sturgis and the world's biggest motorcycle rally is underway has only a 37 percent vaccination rate. Making it one of the most likely locations in North America for an explosion of covid infections.
From South Dakota Public Radio
Sturgis Rally Dangerous for Unvaccinated
According to Dr. Shankar Kurra, vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health in Rapid City.
It does not take a genius to know the answer to this question
by KEVN Black Hills Fox
With an unusually larger than usual number of younger bikers, according to Buffalo Chip registrations
by the Black Hills Pioneer Press
Bigger than anything even the longtime vendors have seen
From Stars & Stripes, first in RCJ
Clydesdales arrive, so it must be big...
from Billings Gazette
Sturgis Mayor says "take your own precautions"
South Dakota Public Radio audio
My prediction...this will prove as popular as day-old stale beer...
Lots of scienctific details in this report, and look at what happened last year...
To lessen chances of the contagion...
From USA Today
Kind of boring, but what the hey...
Tromping around and leaving plenty of their sign in the street, perhaps...
Photo Note - this photo is not at Sturgis, but appears to be some sort of hillbilly gathering. Like where I, an Enemy of the People, grew up.
Testing down here, pay no attention:
Yes, if the people have their way
Self-proclaimed freedom loving governor has been fighting this tooth, nail and claw...
Here we go....