Malheur County sees ‘concerning’ increase in Covid cases, now faces new state restrictions

With a climbing rate of Covid infections considered "extremely concerning," Malheur County learned Tuesday that more restrictions are being imposed by the state, moving the area to a “high risk” for infections.

The county recently had been operating under the lowest restrictions, but in the past month the number of people turning up infected has been increasing. The rate of tests turning up positive for the virus has been going up despite determined efforts by health officials to get county residents vaccinated.

Gov. Kate Brown announced the change in restrictions Tuesday evening. She lowered the ranking for 15 counties from “extreme” to “high.”

Malheur joined Douglas County in moving to tighter restrictions. The new ranking takes effect on Friday, May 7.

The state reported on Tuesday that there were 13 new cases in Malheur County – well above the average . . .