August 3, 2020

State Epidemiologist: No COVID Cases Traced to Mount Rushmore Fireworks Show That Trump Attended

  • Executive

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 stemming from a July 4th fireworks show at Mount Rushmore that President Trump attended.

The Background:

The Rapid City Journal reports:

The state epidemiologist said Thursday that no contact tracing investigations have been reported to the health department that would reflect any COVID-19 exposure from the July 3 fireworks show at Mount Rushmore, which President Trump attended.

This announcement comes 13 days after the show. The World Health Organization says the average incubation period for the coronavirus is five to six days, but for some, incubation can take two to 14 days, which is why doctors recommend a 14-day self-quarantine after exposure.

Katlyn Richter, a spokesperson for the Department of Tourism, said she estimates more than two-thirds of the people at the fireworks show were from outside of South Dakota. Ten percent were from the Black Hills and 22% were from other parts of the state.

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Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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