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Malheur County Health Department grapples with switch in how state measures Covid test results

A decision by the state in December changed the way Covid results are reported at the county level. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Malheur County residents may have noticed a change in the way the county reports Covid cases and the positivity rate, providing less information then previously disclosed.

The county website reports only weekly totals and no longer provides daily updates on the number of cases, virus tests and positivity rates that help measure the impact of Covid in the community.

The switch is the result of changes at the state level that are out of the control of the Malheur County Health Department.

In early December, the state modified its computerized Covid tracking system to make it more efficient.

The modification did improve efficiency but it also meant the daily case numbers . . .