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BREAKING: Malheur County reports first case of COVID-19

Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

A man in his 20s from Malheur County has tested positive for COVID-19, the first time a local resident has been confirmed infected, the Malheur County Health Department announced Sunday afternoon.

"He is quarantined and recovering at home," according to a statement from Sarah Poe, director of the county health department.

Health officials don't identify patients because of medical privacy issues.

Last week, a woman from Payette County employed by an Ontario contractor was reported by Idaho officials to be infected.

"As the state's ability to test for COVID-19 increases, so will the number of positive cases," Poe said.

Health officials say that an estimated 80% of those infected will have mild symptoms and can recover at home.

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