EDITORIAL: Malheur County risks economy, lives and schools if people don’t act now

When it comes to the coronavirus, the people of Malheur County are at a crucial junction. We must show a common resolve to tackle Covid as we would a range fire – with collective will, a single-minded determination to gain control. Otherwise, we will pay a steep price for failure.

In the past two weeks, the virus has spread with alarming speed. As of Sunday, another two dozen local people tested positive. For months, we were averaging a single positive test a day. This isn’t just a function of more tests being conducted. A higher and higher percentage of tests are coming back positive. The reasoning goes that when you test more people, you should sweep in more people who aren’t infected. Instead, roughly one out of five tests is coming back positive.

The Malheur County Court is scheduled Wednesday to . . .