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COLUMN: Malheur County residents are making a difference to reopen schools, businesses

Testing continues at sites in Malheur County, as rates improve and allow schools to reopen. (Enterprise file photo)

In early December, Malheur County schools and the Malheur ESD partnered with the Malheur County Health Department to increase access to free, rapid COVID-19 tests in Malheur County. The intent was to identify individuals in the community with COVID-19 so they could isolate and stop the spread of COVID-19. The long-term goals were to decrease the number of COVID-19 cases in Malheur County so K-12 students could return to the classroom and local businesses could operate without restrictions.

As you can see from the chart, your efforts are making a difference!

Nearly all K-12 schools in Malheur County have returned to full on-site learning due to the dedication our communities have . . .