Utah County Health Department identifies COVID-linked Provo party businesses

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The Utah County Health Department released the names of two Provo party businesses that have helped fuel local COVID-19 cases over the last three weeks.

Country Dance Provo, an event hosted twice a week by Utah Country Dance at 116 W Center Street, and Afuego Fridays at 1700 N State Street have been linked to multiple COVID cases, according to documents obtained by The Daily Universe through a GRAMA request.

Cases began to surge in Utah County on Sept. 10, when a then-record 224 new cases prompted state health officials to urge young adults in the area to exercise more caution. Case numbers continued to rise, however, causing Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to move Provo and Orem back to the moderate or orange restriction level under Utah’s phased pandemic plan on Sept. 22. The Utah County Health Department and Utah County Commission then issued a public mask mandate later that day.

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