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Malheur County tops 100 Covid infections as cases double in a week

ONTARIO – Malheur County hit an unhealthy milestone on Sunday, cresting 100 cases of Covid while recording a near doubling in infections in about a week, according to data released by the Malheur County Health Department.

The amount of testing for the coronavirus jumped substantially last week, but so did the percentage of people found infected.

The surge in numbers comes as Gov. Kate Brown warned Oregonians over the weekend that the economy may have to be locked down again if infections continue to spread.

The county recorded a climbing case count last week, going from a total of 50 dating back to March to 101 by Sunday. Covid is showing up particularly in the county’s younger population.

Only one person remained hospitalized for treatment and four others have been treated and released over the course of the pandemic . . .