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Elder Dale G. Renlund and Sister Ruth L. Renlund diagnosed with COVID-19

The Apostle from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife are experiencing mild to no symptoms
Posted at 10:32 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 00:32:31-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Saturday that Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Ruth L. Renlund tested positive for COVID-19.

Elder Renlund currently serves as a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles for The Church.

The report said that Elder Renlund was experiencing mild symptoms and Sister Renlund was asymptomatic.

Church leaders who may have been exposed are being tested and taking additional precautions.

In a statement released Saturday, a spokesperson for The Church said, "The Church is following all appropriate health protocols for contact tracing and will continue to follow health guidelines for this virus to protect Church leaders and the community. We continue to encourage all to take steps to protect themselves and one another during this pandemic, including wearing masks, frequently washing hands, and social distancing."

Read: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asks Utah members to wear face masks in public

Elder Renlund is the second apostle to contract the virus, following Elder Gerrit W. Gong who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early October.

Because of his diagnosis, Elder Gong did not attend the in-person sessions of General Conference, but appeared in a pre-taped video.

Read: Elder Gong and Sister Gong diagnosed with COVID-19

The Gongs reported that they successfully completed their quarantine on October 16.