Gov. Kristi Noem seemed unconcerned about the risk, saying before the rally began that South Dakota is "in a good spot."
"I trusted my people, they trusted me, and South Dakota is in a good spot in our fight against COVID-19," Gov. Noem tweeted. "The #Sturgis motorcycle rally starts this weekend, and we're excited for visitors to see what our great state has to offer!"
As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 5.7 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus, while at least 177,500 patients have died, according to the New York Times' database.
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