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'My heart sank,' Dr. Dunn says when she saw the record-breaking case count

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State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said her heart sank when she saw Thursday’s coronavirus case count: 911, a new record. (KUTV)

State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said her heart sank when she saw Thursday’s coronavirus case count: 911, a new record.

“It’s hard to handle because we are doing so much to try to control it,” Dunn told 2News, “so this just means we have to do even more.”

She said the current surge is driven by younger people — college students in Utah County and high school students in Salt Lake County.

What we learned in May is that two to four weeks after that spike in the young, it went to hospitalizations and deaths,” Dunn said.

A major concern now is that some don’t want to be tested.

“We’re hearing that some people would rather not know and not have the recommendation of being isolated or quarantined,” Dunn said. “That will only promote the spread of COVID-19.”

Dunn hopes the spike is an “awakening” that should encourage people to take the pandemic as seriously as they did in the spring.

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