COMMENTARY: State’s odd handling of Covid data only adds to public confusion, challenges trust

This is an excerpt of a Covid study done in Malheur County by the Oregon Health Authority that covers up what in some instances is already publicly disclosed. (Oregon Health Authority document)

Confusion and suspicion are well stocked in the public relating to government information about the pandemic, and that doesn’t help Oregonians.

Oregon has done better than most states in keeping Covid relatively under control. Infection rates and the rate of those dying from the virus are lower here.

But that doesn’t mean Covid doesn’t remain a serious threat to public health. Hundreds of Oregonians still test positive on a daily basis, showing up infected with a virus that can kill them.

Particularly now with President Donald Trump’s own infection, the need for absolute transparency from government is vital. That . . .