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Malheur County teeters on the edge of a major crisis as virus spreads

A Moderna Covid vaccine vial with a soon to be filled vaccine passport card at Malheur Drug on Aug. 9. Health officials are increasingly worried about a recent spike in Covid cases locally. (The Enterprise/AUSTIN JOHNSON)

ONTARIO – Malheur County is on the cusp of a major health crisis because of the Covid virus as more people become ill with the infection.

The Malheur County Health Department faces a familiar reality with rising Covid positivity rates. The agency is once again focusing on contact tracing and Covid testing as it scrambles to get ahead of a growing crisis by determining who is infected and who needs to be quarantined. Covid vaccinations are seen by health officials as the best way to curb the highly contagious Delta variant of the disease.

“Our priority is to save lives and . . .