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COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 1
VIDEO: Quarantine 101 – Can the health department enforce quarantine?
Part five of a five-part series. With the high rate of infection in Malheur County, more and more people are being asked to quarantine after being exposed to someone with the virus. The Enterprise talked with a county contact tracer to find out what it means to quarantine and why people should stick it out if they are advised to do so.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 31
VIDEO: Quarantine 101 – Do people who test negative after exposure still have to quarantine?
Part four of a five-part series. With the high rate of infection in Malheur County, more and more people are being asked to quarantine after being exposed to someone with the virus. The Enterprise talked with a county contact tracer to find out what it means to quarantine – even if you feel well.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 31
COVID NUMBERS: The latest on Malheur County's pandemic
Charts reflect the latest information from county and state health authorities to provide a snapshot of the status of the Covid outbreak in Malheur County.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 31
Health study outlines major challenges for Malheur County
The 2020 community assessment sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Health System reveals a series of health issues that impact communities in Oregon and Idaho along the Snake River.
VALE COMMUNITY July 31
Drexel H. Foundation obtains $10,000 grant from DEQ for sustainability project
The Drexel H. Foundation submitted an application to the state department of environmental quality for a $10,000 grant. The Vale-based foundation was recently awarded the grant, which will fund fund its Formal Wear, Sports Equipment and Bike Sustainability Project.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 30
Local school district officials react to new Covid benchmarks
Students face a hard pivot to mandated online learning after the state epidemiologist deemed case counts too high across the state, but superintendents say districts are more prepared now than last year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 30
Malheur County businesses following state mandates for masks, social distancing, officials say
Agencies at the state and county level say they are keeping a watchful eye on whether businesses are complying with Covid safety mandates. Establishments in Malheur County are looking to ensure staff and customers follow the state orders as they change.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE July 29
PHOTOS: Kids of Malheur County Fair Border Hop Invitational showcases hard work
After the Malheur County Fair got canceled, community members gathered together to host the Malheur County Fair Border Hop Invitational at the Owyhee County Fairgrounds in Idaho. For them, this was an opportunity for kids to show the hard work that they put through the year to raise their livestock.
EMPLOYMENT July 29
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Instructor, Test Proctor, Ranch Worker
YOUR COMMUNITY July 29
Vale City Manager resigns
The Vale City Council voted unanimously to accept Russ Kirkpatrick's resignation Tuesday night. Kirkpatrick joined the city in February with a salary of $72,000.
PUBLIC NOTICES July 29
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Carl E. Kochsmeier, Estate of Richard Lee Johnson
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 29
VIDEO: Quarantine 101 – Who qualifies as a close contact?
Part three of a five-part series. With the high rate of infection in Malheur County, more and more people are being asked to quarantine after being exposed to someone with the virus. In the third installment of this series, the Enterprise talked with the county health department to find out who, exactly, needs to quarantine.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 29
YOUR COVID QUESTIONS: Experts answer many questions from the community about the coronavirus
Confusion is one product of the pandemic as information claims about Covid swirl on websites and in the media. The Enterprise asked readers what they wanted to know. Here is the first installment of answers to those questions, a community service of the Enterprise
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 29
Lag in receiving Covid test results contributing to ‘out of control’ spread in Malheur County
With Covid cases rising across the country and in Malheur County, many labs that process tests are overwhelmed and short on supplies, causing delays in receiving test results that can be a week or more.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 29
En español: VIDEO – Fundamentos de la cuarentena
Esta lista de reproducción incluye cinco videos sobre los conceptos básicos de la cuarentena en el Condado de Malheur. Con la alta tasa de infección de Covid en el condado, cada vez más personas se les pide que se pongan en cuarentena después de estar expuestas a alguien con el virus. El Enterprise habló con un rastreadora de contactos del condado para averiguar lo que significa poner en cuarentena.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT July 29
Major new housing development planned in Ontario
Tentative plans call for the 70-unit project to break ground next May. The venture will be the biggest new housing endeavor in Ontario in over 40 years.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 29
Malheur County Fair online auction heads into its final week
The event is coordinated by JBS Auctions and began July 15. Friday will be the last day for bids to acquire sheep, pigs and steers.
FreeSCHOOLS July 28
New Covid regulations make school reopening unlikely
New requirements from the state set a standard for reopening schools which Malheur County does not meet. Most schools across the state will not open in a month.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT July 28
Local citizen starts petition process to recall Ontario City Councilor Rodriguez
Ontario citizen Vernon Denison said he has started the process of recalling Ontario City Councilor Alfredo “Freddy” Rodriguez because of his history of "bullying" behavior in public and online, and because of a restraining order filed against him by a former girlfriend. Denison has until Thursday at 5 p.m. to finish filing proper documents with the city to make it official.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 28
VIDEO: Quarantine 101 – Are isolation and quarantine the same thing?
Part two of a five-part series. With the high rate of infection in Malheur County, more and more people are being asked to quarantine after being exposed to someone with the virus. In the second installment of this series, the Enterprise talked with a county contact tracer to find out what it means to quarantine. Or is it isolate?
ONTARIO NEWS July 28
Ontario Recreation District surveys community on pool plans
A survey, in both Spanish and English, is on their website. The plans range from $2.5 to $4.2 million, from a costly indoor pool that the district can’t maintain for more than five years, to an outdoor seasonal pool.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE July 28
Malheur County farm employers have low participation in state’s grant program for Covid-related costs
As of June 29, only one farm in Malheur County applied for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program, which was created to help agricultural producers with costs from Covid restrictions put on housing, sanitation and transportation.
NATURAL RESOURCES July 27
Red flag warning issued for Malheur County
The warning began at 11 a.m. Monday and will extend until 11 p.m. Tuesday as thunderstorms are expected to sweep into the local area.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 27
VIDEO: Quarantine 101 – What happens when the county finds a new case of Covid?
Part one of a five-part series. With the high rate of infection in Malheur County, more and more people are being asked to quarantine after being exposed to someone with the virus. In the first installment of this interview series, the Enterprise talked with a county contact tracer to find out what it means to quarantine.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 26
Area deaths reported from Covid increase
Eight Malheur County residents have died with Covid since early July. At the same time, the county's overall positive rate for the infection remains high.

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