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Blair Hawley, left, head of Lower School at Westchester Country Day, checks the temperature of student Mac Lambeth, shown with his mother, Brandi, as he arrives for the first day of school in August 2020. Thursday marks the second anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Guilford County.

HIGH POINT — Registered nurse Joy Hunt has experienced the deepest anguish and the greatest pride as a worker on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic for the past two years.

The emergency department nurse at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist High Point Medical Center spent sizable periods at the outset of the pandemic as one of the few people allowed into a room to treat COVID-19 patients. She served as the equivalent of a surrogate family member for patients who were isolated.

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