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Minnesota reports COVID-19 death tied to Sturgis Rally

More than 460,000 vehicles were tallied during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 460,000 vehicles were tallied during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. |  Photo: ABC News

Stephen Groves
Created: September 02, 2020 04:15 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota last month has died from COVID-19.

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Kris Ehresmann, infectious-disease director at the Minnesota Department of Health, says the man who died was in his 60s and had underlying health problems.

The death is the first reported that is possibly linked to the biker rally that drew hundreds of thousands of people. Cases among people who attended the rally have been reported in 12 states.

The rally went forward despite fears it could become a super-spread event.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem welcomed the bikers and the tourist dollars they spend.

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