State officials reported four new deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 13, bringing the total known deaths attributed to the disease in the state to 134.
Meanwhile, testing appears to have hit a new high, with 4,314 reported in a single day. That's roughly double the average rate during the past two weeks.
In all, 55 more people tested positive, according to Wednesday's data from the Office of Emergency Management.
That means just 1.3 percent of the new results were positive, which appears to represent a new daily low. Oregon's overall positive test rate of 4 percent since the start of the pandemic ranks near the bottom of all states, according to data compiled by The COVID Tracking Project of The Atlantic magazine.
In addition to the 55 confirmed, four additional people in Oregon were presumed to be positive based on symptoms and contact with a confirmed case, according to the state.
The state reports a total of 3,338 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
The high daily test result tally reported Wednesday stands out in light of criticisms that the state is not testing enough. However, whether that reflects a jump in testing or a delay in processing is unclear. Only 879 results were reported on May 10. State officials did not immediately have a response to a request for explanation.
Tests are primarily processed by hospital systems and commercial labs, with others performed by the state public health lab.
The new confirmed and presumptive cases were reported from 11 counties: Marion (23), Washington (13), Multnomah (13), Clatsop (3), and one each in Columbia, Coos, Hood River, Linn, Malheur, Polk and Umatilla.
The Oregon Health Authority released details about the deceased, including that all four had "underlying medical conditions."
•A Polk County man, tested positive May 2 and died May 8 at Salem Hospital.
•A Polk County woman, 100, tested positive May 2 and died May 11 at her home.
•A Polk County woman, 90, tested positive May 1 and died May 12 at Salem Hospital.
•A Washington County woman, 91, tested positive on May 11 and died on May 12 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.
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