Malheur County’s Covid case count shows sharp decline

Malheur County Emergency Services Director Rich Harriman makes a point during a briefing after a Covid vaccine event last week at Four Rivers Cultural Center. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – The number of Covid cases in Malheur County declined sharply last week and while the sudden drop is cause for optimism, local health officials remain wary.

“A significant drop is certainly an attention getter. But we’ve had past fluctuations of numbers. They can fluctuate from one day to the next,” said Erika Harmon, public information officer for the Malheur County Health Department.

Malheur County reported no new Covid cases Wednesday, Feb. 10, one case Thursday, Feb. 11, and zero cases on Friday, Feb. 12.

Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, said it is “important to take things a week or two at a . . .