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Health care workers in Malheur County to get weekly Covid testing or get vaccinated

Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. (Submitted photo)

Health care workers in Malheur County will soon be required to either take weekly Covid tests or get vaccinated. 

The Oregon Health Authority is expected to issue the new measures this week, under the direction of Gov. Kate Brown. 

“Severe illness from COVID-19 is now largely preventable, and vaccination is clearly our best defense,” Brown said in a press statement. “Vaccination and weekly testing ensure Oregonians can safely access health care and employees can go to work in an environment that maximizes health and safety measures for COVID-19.” 

Starting Sept. 30, workers in local hospitals and clinics who have direct or indirect contact with patients or infectious material will be required to take weekly tests or prove they are vaccinated.

Sarah Poe . . .