Mormon church suspends temple activities over virus

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all temple activity due to concerns over the coronavirus. The Utah-based faith said Wednesday that the temporary suspension would start at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, a Utah county hard hit by the new coronavirus is telling residents to stay home except for essential errands and asking visitors to the ski-resort community of Park City to stay away.

The shelter-in-place order issued Wednesday in Summit County is the first such declaration in the state. County Health Director Rich Bullough says the area has been a hotspot statewide and now has a similar number of cases per capita as hard-hit New York City and parts of Italy.