COVID spike, mask mandates and navigating ambiguity for queer Latter-day Saints

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake County health director Angela Dunn presents slides showing the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases during a Salt Lake County council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, attended by protesters opposed to the recent mask mandate issued by the Salt Lake County Health Department and Mayor Jenny Wilson.

With Utah coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations at record levels, health officials turn to mask requirements to try to stem the tide.

Meanwhile, Utah’s COVID-19 testing capacity is ‘maxed out,’ leading to cases potentially going uncounted. And queer members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walk a tight-rope while trying to date and remain in good standing with the faith.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Erin Alberty, Leia Larsen and Tamarra Kemsley, as well as news columnist Robert Gehrke, join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

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