One-third of county Covid tests were positive last week

Kraft Heinz food processing plant in Ontario on Monday, July 14. State officials on Wednesday, July 15, reported an outbreak of the coronavirus among its employees. (Rachel Parsons/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – One-third of every local Covid test administered last week was positive, according to new data the Malheur County Health Department released Wednesday.

The data covers the week of July 6 through July 12 and exposes a grim paradigm where the local Covid virus outbreak is rapidly spinning out of control.

The data showed the positive testing rate – 180 positive tests, 356 negative tests for a total of 536 – in the county leaped to 33.6%.

The report included the data from Snake River Correctional Institution, where 120 positives came from a total of 180 results as of July 12.

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