Southwest District Health Confirms Positive COVID-19 Case in Payette County

The Malheur County Health Department can confirm that an Ontario, Oregon business has reported an employee received a laboratory confirmed positive test for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The person who tested positive is a resident of Payette County, Southwest District Health has confirmed. The person is a female in her 20s. The individual in this case experienced mild symptoms and recovered at home.  The point of transmission is under investigation by both Southwest District Health and the Malheur County Health Department. Additional case-specific information about this individual is confidential and will not be released.  

As of today at 3:30 p.m., there were 18 negative and 0 positive COVID-19 laboratory confirmed tests reported in Malheur County. We will continue to report daily on additional test results.

Call 211 or the Malheur County Health Department at 541-889-7279 during business hours with questions. Call your health care provider if you experience symptoms and need care.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, it is essential to self-isolate when you are sick, even at home, stay at least six feet away from other people, and follow Stay Home, Save Lives guidelines: Additional information on how to slow the spread of COVID-19 can be found at: For more Oregon specific information on COVID-19, visit

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