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Recent upswing in Covid cases creates new challenges for county health officials

Local cases of the Covid virus are growing but no single source has been identified as the cause of the mini-surge in infections. (CDC file art)

ONTARIO – Malheur County can’t identify the source for nearly half the recent Covid infections, underscoring how far the virus has infiltrated into the community and creating a tougher challenge for health officials as they scramble to stop a growing outbreak.

A surge in local Covid cases kicked off in mid-June when the county reported 43 cases. From there, cases began to steadily rise and climbed to 60 by June 24, and then hit 108 Monday.

Of those 108 infected individuals, 41 people have recovered. The health department has completed 1,502 tests. The largest number of cases are in the 20-29 age group, according to the health department.

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