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Health officials say 299 new cases are confirmed or presumed based on symptoms and contact.

COURTESY PHOTO: CDC - The coronavirus spreads through person-to-person contact  and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC.State officials on Tuesday reported eight new deaths of people with COVID-19, bringing the total reported in Oregon to 555.

Meanwhile, officials say 299 additional people are considered positive for the coronavirus. That status is based on either confirmed test results or a presumption due to symptoms and contact with a confirmed case.

The confirmed and presumptive cases were reported in 24 of Oregon's 36 counties: Multnomah (52); Marion (49); Washington (41); Lane (32); Clackamas (28); Jackson and Umatilla (11); Klamath (10; Malheur (9); Benton (8); Deschutes and Douglas (7); Josephine and Yamhill (5); Jefferson, Linn and Morrow (4); Polk and Columbia (3); Clatsop (2); Baker, Crook, Coos and Wallowa (1).

Of the eight people reported as deceased, officials say at least seven had underlying medical conditions. The people include:

• A Clackamas County woman, 96, tested positive Sept. 9 and died Sept. 17 at her residence.

• A Multnomah County woman, 95, tested positive July3 and died Sept. 3 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center at her residence.

• A Malheur County man, 81, tested positive Aug. 31 and died Sept. 20 at his residence.

• A Malheur County man, 67, tested positive Sept. 9 and died Sept. 25 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

• A Malheur County man, 68, tested positive Sept. 5 and died Sept. 3 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center at her residence.

• A Yamhill County woman, 60, tested positive July 30 and died Aug. 18 at Salem Hospital.

• A Marion County man, 57, tested positive Aug. 19 and died Sept. 11 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

• A Multnomah County man, 66, tested positive Sept. 10 and died Sept. 22 at Portland Adventist Medical Center.


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