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Malheur County reports second death tied to Covid; case surge continues

A woman in her 80s died Thursday in Boise hospital in what the Malheur County Health Department said was the county's second Covid-related death.

The death occurred while the county is seeing a surge of Covid cases in recent weeks that county health authorities say is largely a result of community spread - when one infected person unwittingly infects another.

County officials released few details about the death, saying she had been tested positive for the coronavirus eight days before her death.

"Case investigators are diligently working on this case and the drastic surge in cases recently," the health department said in its announcement. The agency said it "urges everyone to take precautions seriously to protect the spread of COVID-19 to the most vulnerable in our community."

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