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White House recommends tighter Covid restrictions for places like Malheur County

The White House has placed Malheur County and Ontario in a Covid “red zone,” recommending the closure of bars and gyms among other stricter guidelines, according to a document made public this week.

The recommendation is more stringent than those imposed by Gov. Kate Brown or the county limits on gatherings put in place this week by the Malheur County Court.

In Oregon, Ontario was one of two Oregon localities and Malheur County one of four counties in the red zone, meaning they reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 people and test positivity rates over 10% in the week of July 4-10, according to a White House Coronavirus Task Force document that was obtained and made public by the

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