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Covid cases in Malheur County increase by 33, deaths by two

(Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

Thirty-three new Covid cases and two deaths in Malheur County were reported by the Oregon Health Authority Tuesday.

While these new cases and deaths come just a few days into the new month, the sharp increase in cases is deceiving, said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

“It’s not a huge jump considering only three tests were reported Sunday — all positive,” said Poe. “Whenever we see a lag in reporting numbers, we expect a bigger day ahead.”

As of Monday, Malheur County had 709 Covid cases, 12 deaths and a positive testing rate of 18.1%, according to the county health department.

The county’s positive test rate, Poe said, increased . . .