Said one Sturgis official, “Oh, we intend to test all of our town residents after the rally is over.” Say what? Those bikers do not spend all of their time in Sturgis. They travel to all of the tourist sites in the hills and eat at all of the fast food places in Rapid City. If the bars are open you can bet they will flood them also. Many of us were appalled when Donald Trump and Gov. Kristi Noem held their world famous 4th of July Rally at Mount Rushmore in the midst of this epidemic. Any reports that mention any of the attendees catching the virus have been suppressed so we will never know if anyone caught the virus and what is more, because they have not been reported they are free to spread the virus further. The death toll from the virus in Pennington County is rising. Every day a couple of people, mostly elderly, die of the virus. Because South Dakota has such a small population Gov. Noem can brag that her open door policy worked and the number of cases and deaths are small compared to other states. The number of deaths and of those afflicted is small because the population is small not because Noem was a medical genius. 134 people have died unnecessarily while Noem and her cohorts brag about how successful her approach has been. We beg Miss Noem to go visit some of the families of those that have died from this virus and see if they believe your approach has been such a success. The disease would have killed many more in South Dakota if not for Mayor Paul TenHaken of Sioux Falls and Mayor Steve Allender of Rapid City who took it upon themselves to protect the residents of their cities by using common sense, something that is apparently missing in Pierre.
250,000 bikers to convene on Sturgis. “ This is a huge, foolish mistake to make to host the rally this year,” Sturgis resident Lynelle Chapman said. The Council needs to care most for its citizens. 60% of Sturgis residents think the Rally should have been closed this year. pic.twitter.com/cvDZhHf09d— Nikki Pipe On Head (@on_pipe) August 2, 2020
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