Motorcycle rally in South Dakota, feared as COVID-19 super-spreader event.

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists are attending the annual biker rally despite objections from residents of the community.
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Now to the latest on the pandemic and the fears a massive ten-day motorcycle rally could cause a surge in cases. Tens of thousands of bikers converging on the South Dakota city of Sturgis. ABC's Trevor Ault is there with more. Good morning to you, Trevor. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. The Sturgis motorcycle rally has been happening for 80 years, it's an annual tradition for thousands of people, but this year even harley-davidson is sending no corporate representatives because of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, when you spend time among these crowds you would not know a pandemic is unfolding, and these bikers say it's their decision to act that way. This morning, despite health officials warning against major gatherings, South Dakota is riding into another day of the Sturgis motorcycle rally. 250,000 bikers expected and for just about all of them -- mask recommendations are being ignored. This is a celebration of freedom out here. Is what it is. For us to be bossing people around would be the antihesis of why we here. Reporter: But in many major sections of the country, thousand of people are getting sick. Wisconsin reported a new record high case total Saturday, Illinois hit 2,000 cases with the governor saying many counties were at warning level, and Texas has extended its disaster declaration. They're not equipped, they don't have enough doctors. Reporter: Harley is traveling across the country to Texas so he can be with his critically ill father. He's enraged at people avoiding masks. To see my dad go to someone from healthy, hardworking man, to someone laying in a hospital bed on his stomach, gasping for air. Reporter: In California, just as the state passed 10,000 deaths, officials uncovered a failure in the state system, creating a massive backlog of cases that weren't reported. The backlog between 250,000 and 300,000 records will be resolved. Reporter: For some schools, the impact of in-person learning has been immediate. In suburban Atlanta, 260 students and 8 teachers are in quarantine after the first week of class for cherokee county schools. It doesn't seem like a great number. But when the number could have been zero, had, you know, better precautions been put into place, had we all started digital. Reporter: In a letter provided by a parent to ABC news Saturday, we learned just days after this photo of packed students in the hallway went viral, nine people, six students, 3 staff at the school last week have since tested positive. And in college athletics, some major dominos are starting to fall. The big sky conference has decided to move their football season to the spring and M.A.C. Has voted to postpone all of their fall sports, including football. All right, Trevor Ault in Sturgis, thank you so much.

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