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BREAKING NEWS: With Malheur County in ‘extreme risk’ category, governor extends restrictions for at least two weeks

These are the factors that state officials will consider in assessing the risk and which restrictions will apply in Malheur County and other counties. The new framework was announced Wednesday by Gov. Kate Brown. (Oregon Health Authority graphic)

Malheur County will have to live under stringent limits on businesses and gatherings beyond next week as Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday listed the county as facing “extreme risk” from the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor announced a new system for assessing the public health risk county by county, imposing limits that will ease as counties get the coronavirus under control.

For most of Oregon, though, the limits in place since last week will remain in effect, continuing to dampen the state’s economy as Oregonians head into the Christmas season . . .