PROVO — An unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed hospitals across the United States.

The Provo Missionary Training Center is no exception.

After its initial reopening on June 23, 91 out of 588 full-time missionaries recently tested positive, Thursday, 30 December 2021.

“Since the Provo Missionary Training Center resumed in-person training in June, precautions and COVID protocols have helped to keep any COVID cases to a minimum,” the Church said in a statement. “However, several missionaries tested positive earlier this week, all 588 missionaries in the Provo MTC were tested and a total of 91 tested positive.”

“Of the missionaries who tested positive, few have reported being symptomatic or feeling ill.”

In response to the incident, the Church implements additional COVID-19 protocols to ensure their safety.

“Additional protocols are now in place involving procedures in the cafeteria and gymnasium. Face coverings will be worn indoors during all classes, meetings, and devotionals,” said Church spokesman. “Missionaries will not travel to their assigned missions unless they are negative for COVID or have completed all necessary quarantine periods.”

The management has already been practicing protocols before this happened. Precautions requiring missionaries to be fully vaccinated, and provided testing on site are among others.

“The Provo MTC continues to operate at a reduced capacity and so there are ample facilities to isolate those who are negative and quarantine those who are positive.”

In some countries, missionaries are still training online. Moroni Channel will provide more information as the story develops.

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