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As Utah health officials reported a state single-day record of 867 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, July 10, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged the state’s residents to wear face masks.

“We ask all Latter-day Saints in the Utah Area to be good citizens by wearing face coverings when in public,” wrote Elder Craig C. ChristensenElder Randy D. Funk and Elder Walter F. González — the Utah Area presidency — in a letter to members in the state. “Doing so will help promote the health and general welfare of all.”

As of Friday, Utah had seen 28,223 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 207 total deaths. Two new deaths were also reported in Utah on Friday.

“We are in the midst of a global pandemic unlike any the world has experienced in more than a century,” wrote the leaders, all General Authority Seventies. “The effects of this escalating health crisis are being felt everywhere, with incidents of COVID-19 infection rising dramatically especially in the United States, including in Utah. Latter-day Saints are not immune.

“Just today, more than 800 new infections were reported in our state. A growing chorus of medical authorities has confirmed that the simple wearing of a face covering when in public and when social distancing is not possible will significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is true both indoors and outdoors.”

The letter expressed appreciation for the care Latter-day Saints have exhibited in returning to sacrament meetings by wearing face masks.

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