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Local Covid case rates reach all-time high

The Omicron variant of the Covid virus is running wild in Malheur County, pushing the number of new cases to new highs. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Omicron is sweeping across Malheur County, pushing case and positivity rates to all-time highs even as the availability of tests for the virus remains tight.

The Malheur County Health Department reported 554 new Covid cases last week – including 188 new cases of the infection over the weekend – pushing the total number of cases in the county since the pandemic began to over 7,000.

The health department also reported two new Covid-related deaths – two men, one in his 70s and the other in his 80s – last week.

A total of 96 county residents have died from Covid-connected illnesses.

The county’s positivity rate stood . . .