Local man tests postive for COVID-19 virus

The Malheur County Health Department announced Sunday a local resident tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Malheur County health officials announced Sunday the first laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 virus case in the county.

In a press release early Sunday afternoon, the Malheur County Health Department reported that a man in his 20s from Malheur County tested positive for the virus. Health authorities don’t release identities or other detailed information such as area of residence to protect a patient’s privacy.

For weeks, as the COVID-19 virus outbreak expanded in other parts of Oregon, Malheur County reported no cases, although officials have been anticipating the virus would appear. Limited testing has given health officials a limited ability to detect and track the virus, said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

“We’ve . . .