Malheur County COVID-19 cases rise to 84

ONTARIO – The Malheur County Health Department reported 11 new COVID-19 virus cases Friday, pushing the total number for the county to 84.

The new cases include a female patient over the age of 80 who was hospitalized because of the COVID-19 virus. The county reported two people are now hospitalized because of the COVID-19 virus.

Thursday, the county reported 13 new COVID-19 virus cases. 

Since June 14, the number of cases in Malheur County has nearly tripled.

Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, said Friday she will activate a contact tracing headquarters at Four Rivers Cultural Center Monday.

Thursday, the county reported 5.7% of those tested were turning up positive. Friday’s new cases pushed the rate up to 6.5%. A week ago, the county’s rate was 3 . . .