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Malheur County covid cases take biggest one-day jump yet

ONTARIO – The level of alarm for county health officials jumped significantly Thursday after 13 new COVID-19 virus cases were confirmed, pushing the total number of coronavirus cases locally to 73.

The county is on a “precipice” said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, and without a major contribution from the public the number of virus infections will continue to climb.

She said Thursday that the community is at “a high risk of a large outbreak.”

The new cases haven’t been traced to a major source such as an employer or gathering.

“It is community spread and it is definitely very concerning for everyone. We really need everyone to avoid unnecessary gatherings and to wear face coverings diligently when they are around anyone they don’t live with,” said Poe.

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