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Top health official says county must unify, show resilience to overcome Covid epidemic

Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director said she believes the local community has an opportunity to band together to defeat the Covid epidemic. (CDC file art)

ONTARIO – Malheur County now confronts an opportunity to rise to the occasion to defeat Covid in much the same way the nation performed during World War II, according to Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

Gov. Kate Brown Wednesday announced an extension likely to last through December of a “pause” to stop the spread of Covid in the state. The “pause” mandated restaurants and bars in Malheur County and across the state to only provide takeout service and closed gyms and other venues such as museums. Church services were also limited.

On Wednesday, Brown loosened restrictions on restaurants and bars, allowing them to host up to 50 people for . . .