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Restrictions loom again for Malheur County as Covid case rate rises

The Moderna injection is one of the Covid vaccines being used in Malheur County. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – The possibility Malheur County will return to more stringent Covid restrictions continues to grow as vaccinations – seen by officials as key to ending the pandemic – lag.

Meanwhile, Covid cases are on the rise as is the county’s overall positivity rate, two crucial benchmarks to determine where the county falls in the state’s restriction matrix.

Malheur County remains the second worst in Oregon for vaccination rates. According to state data through April 26, 7,670 people received a vaccination in the county – including 6,249 people who received both Covid shots – with 1,421 awaiting a second inoculation. Just over 1,000 shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been used.

Malheur County’s vaccination rate . . .