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Malheur County at risk of restrictions as Covid cases stack up

ONTARIO – Malheur County is in danger again of facing increased restrictions on dining, sporting events and other activities and Covid cases tick up in the area as they have across the country.

Malheur County’s latest two-week count of 24 positive cases (which equals a rate of 75 positive cases per 100,000 people), as well as its test positivity rate of 5.1%, qualify the county to be moved to a “moderate” risk category for the coronavirus. The county is currently at the lowest ranking made by the state.

Because the increase occurred during a “warning week,” Malheur County has until next Tuesday to get its levels back down. New data next week will drive the state’s action on whether to to change the county’s risk level - and restrictions.

With 10 more Covid cases reported in most . . .