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Judge in Baker County has to act Tuesday to defend or drop his order on governor’s pandemic rules

Health officials provide the one-day testing recently to give local authorities a better sense of the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

The Oregon Supreme Court on Saturday issued a deadline to the Baker County judge who this week granted a preliminary injunction nullifying Oregon governor’s emergency coronavirus orders: Either throw out the injunction by 5 p.m. Tuesday or explain why it should not do so.

If Baker County Judge Matthew Shirtcliff doesn’t alter his ruling that found Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders restricting social gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic "null and void,'' the state’s high court then will accept additional briefings on the issue.

The final briefing would be due June 2.

On Monday night, the state Supreme Court stepped in to . . .