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State's overall positive test rate continues to drop, now stands at 3.5 percent.

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 Friday, May 22, bringing the total known deaths attributed to the disease in Oregon to 147.

Meanwhile, 45 more people tested positive, while three additional people are presumed to be positive based on symptoms and contact with a confirmed case.

In all, the state reports a total of 3,770 confirmed cases, not including 164 presumptive ones.

The confirmed and presumptive cases were reported in counties: Multnomah (11), Washington (10), Marion (8),

Clackamas (5), Malheur (4), Jackson (3), Linn and Clatsop (2), and one each in Curry, Polk and Umatilla.

According to the state, the two men both had underlying medical conditions:

• A Marion County man, 53, tested positive May 18 and died May 20 at Salem Hospital.

• A Multnomah County man, 83, tested positive April 25 and died May 8, at his residence.

Some good news: the rate of testing showing positive was 1.7% for the day, which also happened to be the average for the past week. The positive performance brought Oregon's overall positivity rate down to 3.5%, better than most states.

Due to disease incubation and testing delays, the trend line of test positivity lags weeks behind the actual rate of new infections.

For more data, click here.

(This article will be updated when Oregon Health Authority releases details about the deceased.)


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