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Spike in new Summit County COVID-19 cases traced to private party where masks weren't worn

Posted at 7:10 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 09:10:59-04

PARK CITY, Utah — There has been a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases in Summit County, and health officials say it appears to be associated with a private party where face coverings were not widely used.

According to a Thursday post on the Summit County Health Department's Facebook page, the party occurred in early August, in Park City, and shortly thereafter cases began to increase. Most cases remain in western Summit County, and are in young adults, ages 25-44.

While case investigations and contact tracing are ongoing, we can say with confidence that this surge in new cases is not associated with the opening of schools, the post said, adding that it is understandable that the community is concerned about this spike and the possible associated risk.

For several weeks, Summit County residents and businesses had successfully kept new COVID-19 cases at low levels. This should be a reminder that the irresponsible actions of a few can place our communities, businesses, residents, and visitors at risk.