PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon public health officials have identified 72 new cases of the new coronavirus in the state as of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5.
The state also reported that four more deaths have occurred due to COVID-19. At present, 113 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
The Weekly #Coronavirus Report has expanded to include #COVID19 cases by zip code: https://t.co/2gShU0aYK8 To protect privacy, zip codes with <1,000 people will be combined and reported in the aggregate case count. Zip codes with <10 cases will be listed as "1-9."— OR Health Authority (@OHAOregon) May 6, 2020
The Oregon Health Authority said that there are now a total of 2,817 people in the state who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a positive test. At least 62,585 have tested negative for the virus.
Monday saw the beginning of the state reporting "presumptive" cases of COVID-19 — those who likely have the virus, but have not yet tested positive.
"A presumptive case is someone who does not have a positive PCR test — a 'Polymerase Chain Reaction' that confirms if a person has COVID-19 — but is showing symptoms and has had close contact with a confirmed case," OHA said. "If they later test positive by PCR, those will be recategorized as confirmed cases."
There are 8 presumptive cases in Oregon beyond the new confirmed cases.
OHA reported new confirmed or presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (9), Coos (1), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Josephine (2), Linn (1), Marion (13), Morrow (1), Multnomah (15), Polk (19), Umatilla (3), Washington (5), Yamhill (1).
OHA reported the following information about the latest fatalities:
- Oregon’s 110th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 14 and died on May 2 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.
- Oregon’s 111th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 7 and died on May 2 at Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.
- Oregon’s 112th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 24 and died on May 2 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.
- Oregon’s 113th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Washington County, who tested positive on April 13 and died on May 3 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. He had no known underlying medical conditions.
According to the latest recovery report from OHA, 1125 cases in the state are considered recovered, while 821 are still active. The status of another 687 has not yet been determined.
Oregon rolls out COVID-19 cases by ZIP code
On Tuesday, OHA said that it would begin coronavirus case data by ZIP code and county, providing "a more granular, community level look at the disease trends in Oregon."
"To protect privacy, if a ZIP code’s population is less than 1,000, the ZIP codes will be combined and reported in the aggregate case count," OHA said. "And if there are fewer than 10 cases in a ZIP code it will be listed as '1-9.'"