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Priest at Roman Catholic Cathedral in Phoenix tests positive for COVID-19

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PHOENIX — Father Rafael Umaña of the Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral on 27th Avenue in Phoenix has tested positive for COVID-19, the church announced on Saturday.

The church in a statement said Umaña’s condition has steadily improved.

Those who attended Mass in the past two weeks or had close contact with Umaña is being asked to monitor their health and consider being tested for the virus.

Daily masses and confessions have been canceled through Wednesday, the church said in the statement.

The cathedral has required face masks be worn by attendees and staff during masses, in addition to maintaining social distancing.

A new daily high of 3,858 coronavirus cases were reported by the Arizona health department on Sunday morning with nine additional deaths.

It was the seventh time in the last 10 days that daily cases surpassed the 3,000 mark.

The state has documented 73,908 COVID-19 cases and 1,588 deaths, with 44,962 of those cases located in Maricopa County.

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