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As new Covid cases remain steady the emphasis shifts to more testing

Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director receives a Covid test recently. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – The status of the Covid virus in Malheur County has not changed dramatically in the past two months and a key objective to help contain the Covid virus revolves around testing.

That was the message from Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director Friday.

Health department statistics show a relatively steady number of new cases of the infection during the past few weeks. Still, the county is far away from the state benchmark – 30 new cases over a three-week period – to permit students to return to area classrooms on a full-time basis.

Overall, the number of new cases has slowly declined. A month ago, the county reported 132 news for the week of Aug. 23. For last week, total new . . .