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Oregon gov. tightens virus restrictions for Malheur County

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 11:39:02-04

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she will restore phase one restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Malheur County, along the Idaho border.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports it's the third eastern Oregon jurisdiction to have restrictions tightened because not enough progress has been made. That means swimming pools, movie theaters, bowling alleys and recreational sports leagues must shut down. Outdoor gatherings will be capped at 50 people, instead of 100.

The new restrictions go into effect Monday and will remain for at least three weeks. Brown said that over the past month, COVID-19 cases in Malheur County have risen so much that restrictions must be put back in place.