Health department reports four deaths from Covid but the number of overall cases of the infection continues to fall

The Malheur County Health Department reported four new Covid deaths last week. (The Enterprise/FILE)

ONTARIO – The Malheur County Health Department reported four deaths from Covid last week even as the number of infections locally continues to decline.

Two deaths from Covid – a man and woman, both in their 80s who died at home ­– were reported March 16.

On March 17, the department reported two men, one in his 70s and the other in his 50s, died of Covid in an area hospital. The four cases push the total deaths from Covid in Malheur County since the pandemic began to 104.

The four deaths don’t necessarily signal a trend because there is always a lag between the time a person is diagnosed with Covid and when they die, said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health . . .