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You did it, Malheur County – data shows drop in Covid, eased restrictions could come next week

Health officials hope the one-day testing event will give local authorities a better sense of the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.(The Enterprise/file)

Malheur County may be headed for indoor dining and larger gatherings soon after new state data shows the pandemic has eased considerably locally.

The new figures posted by the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday morning showed Malheur County moving from a county at “extreme risk” for the spread of Covid to a “moderate” risk.

Under state measures, restrictions would ease for restaurants, churches, entertainment facilities and outdoor events. New risk levels and restrictions take effect each Friday based on previous test results, so Malheur County could see the change take hold next week.

"Today’s report will not result in a change in Malheur County’s risk level . . .