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Oregon health officials eye Idaho fair and rodeo as likely spark in recent surge of Covid cases in Payette and Malheur counties

A large gathering of people at the Payette County Fair and Rodeo in Payette County in early August may be a trigger for more Covid cases. (CDC file art)

PAYETTE – Data collected by an epidemiologist under contract with the Malheur County Health Department suggests that a local fair and rodeo held in early August contributed to a recent spike in Covid cases in Payette and Malheur counties.

Southwest District Health, the Idaho public health agency with jurisdiction over Payette County, however, reported only one positive case can be traced . . .