COVID-19 virus cases climb in Malheur County

COVID-19 virus cases in the county jumped to 28 Thursday. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – The Malheur County Health Department confirmed seven new cases of the COVID-19 virus Thursday afternoon.

The confirmed infections push the total cases for Malheur County to 28 and represent nine new cases in the past week.

“The prevalence of COVID-19 is increasing. That doesn’t mean we are just finding more cases, it means there are more cases per the number of tests that are performed,” said Malheur County Health Director Sarah Poe Friday.

The county’s overall positive COVID-19 test rate is 4.9%, said Poe.

"We are doing more testing which means as we do more and more it should be capturing more and more of a percentage of negatives. As we increase testing, and looking to . . .