First Sturgis Rally related COVID-19 death reported in Minnesota

At least 260 coronavirus cases are traced to Sturgis motorcycle rally last month, where many didn't wear masks

A Minnesota man who went to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in August has died from COVID-19, said health officials in Minnesota on Wednesday.

The Minnesotan who went to Sturgis then died of coronavirus was in his 60s, had underlying health conditions, and was hospitalized before he died, report state health officials. The Washington Post first reported his death.

From the AP:

It is the first reported coronavirus death that might be linked to the biker rally. At least 290 people in 12 states have tested positive for the coronavirus since attending the rally that drew hundreds of thousands of people, according to an Associated Press survey.

The 10-day rally went forward despite fears it could become a super-spread event, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem welcoming bikers and the tourist dollars they spend. Bikers crowded into bars and rock shows, mostly ignoring social distancing recommendations. Few wore masks.

More at the Associated Press: COVID-19 death tied to Sturgis Rally reported in Minnesota