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Malheur County’s courthouse to get new air system, thanks to pandemic relief money

Malheur County elected readers plan to use federal Covid relief money to upgrade the air system at the courthouse and several other buildings. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

VALE – Malheur County plans to use Covid relief money from the state for a new air ventilation project at the jail and the courthouse.

The county will spend $150,000 for ionization technology in the air vent systems at the courthouse, the jail and Malheur County Juvenile Department.

The state will reimburse the county for the cost of the project using federal Covid relief money.

The ionization technology utilizes special tubes that pull oxygen molecules from the air and transforms them into charged atoms. The charged atoms then collect around micro particles, deactivating harmful substances such as mold, bacteria and viruses.

Lorinda DuBois, Malheur County administrative . . .