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Malheur County plans massive Covid testing event in October

ONTARIO – A massive Covid testing event slated next month will be a big step forward for local health officials as they analyze how far the virus has spread.

The event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Malheur County Fairgrounds and is designed to test up to 500 people. The testing is open to all, including children from age 7 and up.

 The testing be a joint effort between the county, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, said Sara Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

The testing event is part of the state’s response to a surge of Covid cases locally that began in July. Since then, overall cases of the virus have leveled off slightly but the virus is proving resilient.

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