PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday announced another person has died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll up to 145 people.
The person who died was a 93-year-old Polk County woman. She tested positive on May 2 and died on May 20 in her home. She had underlying medical conditions.
Eight people in Oregon have died from the coronavirus over the last four days. This comes after the OHA reported just eight deaths during the week of May 11-17, a 62% decline from the week before.
The public health agency also reported 24 new confirmed cases on Thursday. Those people live in the following counties:
- Coos: 1
- Deschutes: 1
- Jefferson: 1
- Malheur: 3
- Marion: 4
- Multnomah: 8
- Umatilla: 3
- Washington: 3
The 24 new confirmed cases are among 3,083 newly reported test results on Thursday, meaning less than 1% of tests were positive. The proportion of positive test results has been declining as the number of tests completed have increased in Oregon. The OHA said 2.6% of people tested the week of May 9-15 tested positive for the coronavirus, the lowest during the pandemic.
Oregon has had a total of 3,817 coronavirus cases, including presumptive cases, as of Thursday morning. It’s not clear how many of those cases are active infections. A total of 105,132 people have been tested for COVID-19, with 101,407 people (96.4%) testing negative.
While people presumed to have the virus have not yet tested positive, they have shown COVID-19 symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case.