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Current Covid numbers show most Malheur county schools can’t reopen in the fall

(Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO - Current numbers of Covid cases and testing rates indicate that the majority of Malheur County schools are not going to be able to reopen in the fall.

Gov. Kate Brown last week issued new guidance for schools that require specific Covid metrics to be met before schools can put students back in classrooms that have been empty since mid-March.

The state is requiring that a county hold a rate of no more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents, a positive testing rate of less than 5% for three weeks and that the state’s average positive testing rate less than 5% for three weeks.

As of Saturday, Malheur County had a positive testing rate of 17.7%, according to the county health department. The . . .