COVID outbreak reported at Latter-day Saint missionary training center

In this file photo, two Latter-day Saint missionaries walk past a large map of the world in a hallway at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, Jan. 31, 2008 | AP photo by George Frey, St. George News

PROVO, Utah (AP) — An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ main training center for missionaries in Provo, church officials said Thursday.

The Provo Missionary Training Center, which resumed in-person training in June, requires all missionaries to be fully vaccinated and also conducts COVID-19 testing.

Face coverings will now be required in all indoor spaces and missionaries will not travel to their assigned missions unless they have tested negative for COVID-19 or have completed any necessary quarantine periods, said church spokesperson Sam Penrod.

New arriving missionaries will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test when they report to the center, he said.

After several missionaries tested positive this week, all 588 missionaries at the Provo center were tested, and a total of 91 tested positive. Very few of those who tested positive reported feeling ill or having any symptoms, he said.

The center is still operating at a reduced capacity and has enough space to separate those who have tested negative from those who have tested positive for the respiratory virus.

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