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Covid outbreaks hit Vale schools and Ontario businesses, county reports

The Malheur County Health Department reported Thursday a rising number of Covid outbreaks in the county. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

This story has been updated.

ONTARIO – The Malheur County Health Department announced today a rising number of Covid outbreaks in Ontario and Vale.

There are Covid outbreaks at Vale High School, Vale Elementary School and the Malheur County Jail, according to a health department press release.

The health department also reports Covid outbreaks at Fry Foods, Baker & Murakami Produce Company in Ontario and at Snake River Correctional Institution.

“This is potentially bigger than we know about because there actually hasn’t been that much testing,” said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

Poe said the sudden burst of positive Covid cases is alarming.

“It is . . .