A new study has claimed that more than 100 cases of coronavirus have been traced back to a controversial live concert held by Smash Mouth.
Far Out reported recently that thousands of fans gathered at a bike rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, to watch Smash Mouth perform live despite the prevalence of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to The Associated Press, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally expected to see 250,000 people spectators come through its doors over the course of the 10-day event which would make it the largest public event in the United States since the pandemic began.
South Dakota has no rules in place that prevent indoor crowds from taking place or mandatory mask-wearing. Governor Kristi Noem reportedly backed the rally after President Donald Trump’s rally at Mount Rushmore last month did not cause a virus outbreak.
Many videos from the Smash Mouth event seem to show crowds of thousands attending the set with the footage highlighting the lack of people in the crowd wearing masks and also not appearing to adhere to social distancing measures.
Check out footage of the concert below, which includes Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell saying at one point: “We’re all here together tonight! Fuck that COVID shit!”
Now, the aftereffects of that event are being felt in the local community and health system. A spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Health has detailed the situation to the Associated Press, explaining that 17 cases have been directly linked to the event had been identified in the state.
Following on from that, the spokesman declared that at least another 103 linked cases have been identified in the surrounding states. Following on from that, the South Dakota Health Department also confirmed that 40 coronavirus cases linked to the rally have been confirmed.