JULY REVIEW: The latest on Malheur County’s pandemic

Latest numbers surrounding Covid cases in Malheur County as August begins. With these numbers, note that test results are coming back later as processing capacity becomes strained. (Kezia Setyawan/The Entprise)

Malheur County experienced a surge in Covid cases in July with more than 500 cases but new state data shows that the county’s overall rate dropped through the month.

Despite the apparent improvement, Malheur County still has one of the highest infection rates in Oregon and has coronavirus tests coming back positive at a rate five times higher than what health officials consider acceptable.

The county remains on the state watch list of counties where the virus is not under control. Gov. Kate Brown last week ordered one of those counties, Umatilla, to return to tighter restrictions, meaning that personal service . . .