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Coronavirus numbers slowly grow, but rate of positive tests continues to drop as number of statewide tests nears 100,000.

COURTESY PHOTO: CDC - The coronavirus spreads mainly through person-to-person contact within about six feet and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC.State officials reported two new deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the known deaths in Oregon attributed to the disease to 140.

Meanwhile, 33 more people were confirmed to have the coronavirus, bringing the number of people who've tested positive to 3,636.

In all, the state has tested 99,630 people, meaning the rate of positive tests in Oregon has dropped to 3.6%.

Among states, that figure stands among the lowest rates in the country. Oregon so far has avoided the worst-case scenarios suffered by some east coast states, where the positive test rate exceeds 20%.

The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported by the state fell in eight counties: Marion (12), Multnomah (9), six each in Deschutes and Washington, three each in Yamhill and Umatilla, and one each in Curry and Jackson.

The two deceased both had underlying medical conditions, according to the state:

•A Umatilla County woman, 70, tested positive May 4 and died May 16 at Good Shepard Health Care System.

*A Linn County man, 69, tested positive April 7 and died May 17 at his residence.

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