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COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Mar. 3
Local businesses pleased, but remain cautious, regarding new Covid mandates
Malheur County dropped from the extreme risk category to moderate risk Feb. 27, heralding a new beginning for area merchants. The new rules, though, are not set and stone and some businesses owners remain guarded about the future.
COVID Feb. 26
Advocates seek to bridge vaccine gap for Latinos, others in Malheur County
Local medical providers said they were working with community-based organizations to address disparities in vaccine distribution that affect communities of color.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 26
A chance to sit inside a restaurant or bar starts Friday across Malheur County
After months of inactivity, a change in the county's Covid risk level means area taverns and restaurants are once again accessible to residents.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 23
State eases Covid restrictions on Malheur County
The county will drop from the Extreme Risk level to Moderate Risk beginning Friday. That means bars and restaurants will be open for indoor service and larger public gatherings will be allowed.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 18
Malheur County's Covid case count shows sharp decline
The county logged just one new Covid case during a three-day period last week. While the trend may be a hopeful sign for the future health officials caution it is too soon to tell if the county has turned the corner in the Covid war.
COVID Feb. 17
Feb. 18 vaccination clinic at Four Rivers Cultural Center canceled
The cancellation was due to weather-related shipping issues, according to a press release from the Malheur County Health Department
COVID Feb. 17
You did it, Malheur County - data shows drop in Covid, eased restrictions could come next week
UPDATED: The Oregon Health Authority showed that Malheur County could move to a county with "moderate" risk of Covid spread, meaning indoor dining and entertainment would be allowed for the first time in months.
FreeCOMMENTARY Feb. 11
COLUMN: Malheur County residents are making a difference to reopen schools, businesses
As Malheur County shows improvement in Covid testing rates, school officials are lauding the community's efforts to get the virus under control. They urge everyone to continue with masks, hand washing and other precautions to lift restrictions from schools, businesses and activities.
HEALTH Feb. 10
Pandemic in Malheur County boosts substance abuse by kids, adults
Prevention experts said that the stress of the pandemic, coupled with a lack of access to social connections and positive recreation, had led to increased drug use and relapses county-wide.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 10
Top Malheur County health official says more vaccine needed to stymie Covid
Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, believes the Covid serum is the best weapon to thwart the pandemic. She just wishes there was more vaccine to distribute to residents.
COMMENTARY Feb. 4
EDITORIAL: Vaccines offer hope, but vigilance remains key to keeping Covid at bay
The virus isn't done with us, as local outbreaks prove, and that makes it critically important to adhere to social distancing and mask precautions in the months ahead.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 3
State inmates at Ontario prison to be vaccinated quicker following judge's order
A federal judge found Tuesday that the Oregon Department of Corrections had acted with “deliberate indifference” in deciding not to promptly vaccinate all inmates, violating their Eighth Amendment rights. Now, they've been moved up in the rollout plan and will be vaccinated as soon as possible.
COVID Feb. 3
Heartbreaking loss of Vale father from Covid resonates for local family
Jerry Erstrom was always quick with a smile and loved his children and grandchildren. Recovering from a back surgery, Erstrom - a well-known local personage - contracted Covid and died from the infection. Now his family wants people to know the Covid virus isn't a hoax and it kills.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 29
Vale High School will close for two weeks in wake of Covid outbreak
The school district made the announcement Friday as eight individuals tested positive for the infection. Vale School District returned to in-person instruction two weeks ago.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 28
Covid outbreaks hit Vale schools and Ontario businesses, county reports
In a press release Thursday afternoon, officials described outbreaks of the infection in Ontario and Vale at schools and businesses.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 27
Covid outbreak strikes Malheur County Jail
The virus struck earlier this month and infected 25 people - inmates and employees - before it began to burn itself out. No one died or was hospitalized from the outbreak.
COVID IN IDAHO Jan. 25
IN THE REGION: ‘Like my heart was trying to tear through my rib cage.’ Idahoans describe long COVID
Idaho residents chronicle their battles with long-haul Covid, reporting a range of symptoms that persist after surviving their initial bout with the virus. Health officials are bracing for more cases that will require long-term monitoring and treatment.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 16
AROUND OREGON: With fewer Covid vaccines coming from feds, seniors now behind teachers in Oregon’s inoculation line
Oregonians 80 and older will now have to wait until Feb. 8 to get a Covid vaccine after Gov. Kate Brown prioritized school employees. The change comes after state leaders learned an expected influx of vaccines from a federal reserve wouldn’t arrive as promised.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH Jan. 14
Malheur County Health Department grapples with switch in how state measures Covid test results
Officials in Malheur County have again adjusted how they report Covid data to the public. Now the county reports only weekly case totals and does not furnish daily updates on positivity rates. The switch happened after the state modified its Covid tracking system.
FreeCOVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 20
The human toll of COVID-19: 'I don't think any of us really do recover fully'
Her granddaughter didn't have any symptoms and her boyfriend lost his sense of taste and had a fever for a day, Jones said. The World Health Organization estimates that people typically recover in two to six weeks from COVID, but some people may have lingering symptoms following an initial recovery, the WHO states. He sent her back to work because she didn't have any COVID-19 symptoms, Franklin said.