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First hospitalization because of virus reported in Malheur County

ONTARIO – Malheur County reported its first hospitalized case of the COVID-19 virus Monday.

The individual, an elderly woman over the age of 80, is being treated in a Boise hospital, according to Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director. The woman didn’t contract the virus at a care center, said Poe, but other details about how she became infected weren’t available.

The woman is one of four new county COVID-19 cases since Friday, pushing the number of people testing positive for the virus since late March to 38. According to the health department, 28 people have recovered from the COVID-19 virus and 967 tests have been administered.

The new cases, Poe said, underscores the resilience of the virus in the community.

“I think the chances of us having many more cases is high,” said . . .