As virus cases surge, hopes fade to open Malheur County soon

Health workers wait for cars to drive up at a testing site in Ontario on Wednesday, April 29. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

NOTE: This story has been updated with remarks from state Rep. Mark Owens.

ONTARIO – A “drastic increase” in COVID-19 infections in Malheur County means no return anytime soon to relaxed restrictions, the Malheur County Health Department has announced. The county had hoped to open restaurants and others businesses starting Friday, May 8.

The health agency on Saturday reported one new positive test for the respiratory disease. That made the fourth day in a row that new infections have been found – the longest streak for Malheur County since its first case on March 30.

The county has recorded 13 cases so far. Three have recovered and none have died, according to . . .