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Malheur County edges closer to state approval to begin reopening

COVID-19 testing and hospital capacity are among the requirements set by the state for counties planning their path to reopening for business. Here a health worker checks testing materials at one of three drive-thru testing clinics scheduled so far in Malheur County. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Malheur County says it is ready to open for business.

And state officials indicated last week that the area is well on its way to getting permission to do so.

The Malheur County Health Department late last week revised its plan to win Gov. Kate Brown’s approval to allow certain businesses to open. Brown is expected to decide by midweek whether to let Malheur County return to something closer to normal business by Friday, May 15.

“Reopening Malheur County in a cautious, well-managed way, following the governor . . .