We knew it was coming.

Courtesy of NBC News

Coronavirus cases tied to this month’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota have appeared across state lines in Nebraska, public health officials said Thursday.

At least seven new cases in the region have been tied to the rally, the Panhandle Public Health District confirmed to NBC News. The health department did not provide further details.

The annual 10-day gathering began August 7 and ran until Sunday and drew more than 460,000 vehicles, according to South Dakota’s Department of Transportation. The event was held despite concerns from residents that it may put people at risk for contracting COVID-19, the disease associated with the virus.

At least one case had already been connected to the rally. The state’s Department of Health said in a news release Tuesday that a South Dakota resident who visited One-Eyed Jack’s Saloon in Sturgis between noon and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 may have transmitted the virus to other patrons.

Videos and photos posted to social media showed a large crowd gathered during a Smash Mouth performance during the rally’s opening weekend. The band headlined the Sturgis Buffalo Chip music festival.

Most of this event was held outside which would have helped mitigate the spread of the virus, but there was still plenty of eating and drinking in bars and restaurants with very little social distancing and mask-wearing.

The event went from August the 7th to the 16th, so multiple new cases of the Coronavirus should be cropping up in the next handful of days all over South Dakota, Nebraska, and the neighboring states.

We already had the Memorial Day infection spread now get ready for the Sturgis surge. 

You know the new cases could have been all but eliminated if these idiots had just worn their masks, practiced social distancing, and done all of their drinking and eating outside. 

After all, I have never heard of mask-wearing interfering with motorcycle riding.