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Mounting number of local COVID-19 virus cases is worrisome for health officials

Restrictions due to COVID-19 have halted gatherings including the face-to-face group meetings that have long been a mainstay of addiction treatment and counseling. (CDC file art)

ONTARIO – The coronavirus warning light for Malheur County is flashing red.

That’s because despite more testing for the illness – and lower standards to get a test – the number of people with the virus continues to climb and the overall percentage of cases is rising.

Two new cases of the virus – both males, one in his 20s and the other under the age of 19 – were reported today. The two new cases push number of people infected with the virus in Malheur County to 60.

The county has recorded 25 new cases in the past 11 days. When it submitted its plan to the state for permission to ease restrictions . . .