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Six eastern and southern Oregon counties ask state to reduce Covid restrictions

Public health officials in six rural Oregon counties urged the state to ease certain Covid restrictions in a recent letter. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Malheur County has joined five others to ask the state to ease Covid-related business restrictions so that local restaurants could again provide indoor dining and stores could allow more people to shop.

The letter to Rachael Banks, the director of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority, urges special consideration be given to the Covid risks in in rural areas of Oregon.

The state uses four categories – lower, moderate, high and extreme risk – to rate the spread of Covid in a specific county.

Signed by health administrators from Baker, Grant, Harney, Klamath, Lake and Malheur counties, the letter asked to step down the risk level in the area to high risk . . .