Joel Shannon, USA TODAY Published 9:53 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2020 | Updated 3:26 a.m. ET Sept. 4, 2020CLOSE After the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brought hundreds of thousands of people to the Black Hills of South Dakota, residents of the small town lined up to be tested for the coronavirus. (Aug. 25) AP DomesticSouth Dakota is one of the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19 infections. That didn’t stop another large-scale event from kicking off Thursday.The rural South Dakota State Fair, which reported an attendance of 205,000 people last year, is set to run through Labor Day with more hand-washing stations, social distancing reminders and an encouragement — but not a requirement — for attendees to wear masks. It comes on the heels of the state’s two largest events: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the The Sioux Empire Fair.In the weeks following those events, South Dakota has emerged as a virus hotbed, according to data analysis. State and national health experts say the rise in cases is likely fueled by a combination of factors, including school reopenings, small gatherings and major events.Inside the numbers: The coronavirus spread is slowing in some states. It’s getting worse in others.Those larger events have been made possible by South Dakota Gov. Kristi


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