Delta, false info pose challenge in Malheur County’s Covid fight

The county still lags behind most of the state in the percentage of residents who received a Covid vaccine. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel).

ONTARIO – Health experts in Malheur County face a battle on two fronts: the highly contagious delta variant, and widely circulated misinformation.

During a Covid surge that has overrun hospitals throughout the state, five Oregonians were hospitalized for consuming ivermectin - a dewormer for horses and cattle - as an alternative to safe Covid treatment or vaccination.

Oregon Health & Science University announced the hospitalizations last week and said that the Oregon Poison Center has handled 25 ivermectin cases between Aug. 1 and Sept. 14.

“There’s a lot of misinformation around, and you may have heard that it’s okay to take large doses of ivermectin. It is not okay,” said the U.S . . .