County scheduled to drop into lower risk Covid classification Friday

A county health care worker screens people for symptoms at a Ontario's Covid testing site in July 2020. Malheur County will drop from the Covid moderate risk category to lower risk Friday. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

ONTARIO – More people will be able to visit local restaurants and convene in larger groups outside beginning Friday in Malheur County.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday that Malheur County will move from the Covid moderate risk category to the lower risk echelon.

Brown urged Oregonians to remain vigilant.

“Now more than ever it is imperative that we all continue wearing masks, maintain physical distance, stay home when sick, and get the vaccine when its available to you,” said Brown.

Under the low risk Covid category, a maximum of 10 people – up from a maximum of eight . . .