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State Epidemiologist says Utah can't handle a Memorial Day-like COVID-19 spike on the 4th of July

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 18:07:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY — State Epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, sent a tweet Thursday afternoon to remind Utahns that the coronavirus pandemic is in full swing and to take that into account when celebrating the 4th of July holiday weekend.

She said Utah had a COVID-19 surge after Memorial Day and that the state's hospitals can't handle another one.

Dr. Dunn shared her family's holiday plan.

"We are spending the holiday weekend apart from others, outside in the fresh air, and wearing masks IF we have to go anywhere else. Please do the same.”

Earlier Thursday, the Utah Dept. of Health reported 554 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday and three new deaths.

It's part of an ongoing spike in cases that Dr. Dunn has described as "unsustainable."