Poverty, underlying health conditions put Malheur County residents at higher risk if infected with COVID-19 virus

Poverty and a large population with underlying health conditions means some Malheur County residents may be at a higher risk from the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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VALE – Much of Malheur County is overweight, suffering from underlying health conditions and mired in poverty, putting more local people at higher risk if they become infected with the coronavirus.

More than half the county’s residents face underlying health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease . . .