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COVID-19 cases climb in Malheur County

The Malheur County Health Department reported an uptick of virus cases locally Monday. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – The Malheur County Health Department reported Monday that local COVID-19 cases jumped by more than 50 percent over the past seven days.

The health department reported 19 positive COVID-19 cases and two presumptive cases for a total of 21.

The latest cases are a man in his 20s and a female 19 or younger.

Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, said she is not sure, based on the data, what the sudden climb in cases means.

“It is difficult to predict what the trajectory is going to be. The more we do testing the more you’d expect the positive percentage to go down. We want to see it start going down,” said Poe.

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