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Two years, 8,000 cases and more than 100 deaths: Covid cases are back on the rise in Malheur County

Covid cases are once again showing a slight, but steady, climb upward locally. (The Enterprise/FILE).

ONTARIO – Malheur County is seeing Covid infections on the rise again in a county with relatively low vaccination rates that has already endured 8,000 cases and 108 deaths.

“Our cases have been going up steadily but we are not quite where we were with the omicron and delta surges,” said Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director.

The health department knows cases are inching up because of the coronavirus sewer surveillance program managed by Oregon State University.

The program, which began two years ago, tests Ontario’s wastewater to detect the prevalence of the RNA backbone of the virus. RNA is essentially a molecule that is the “brain” of a gene and it plays a key role in . . .