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story.lead_photo.caption Governor Asa Hutchinson speaks during a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, July 30 at the state Capitol in Little Rock. Interim ADH Secretary Dr. Jose Romero, left, can be seen, along with Eddie Schmeckenbecher, middle, the governor’s sign language interpreter. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff)

The Arkansas Department of Health reported two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the county’s cumulative number of cases to 430.

Of those, 338 were considered recovered Saturday, up four from Friday. The number of active cases remained high at 76, though that was two fewer than there were Friday. Active cases represented 17.64% of the cumulative number of cases in the county.

No new local deaths attributable to COVID-19 were reported Saturday. Sixteen Union County residents have died as a result of the virus.

There were 22 counties in Arkansas where more total COVID-19 cases had been identified by Saturday than had been in Union County, and 19 counties had more active cases than Union County on Saturday. Only five counties had recorded more deaths resulting from the virus than Union County by Saturday.

The ADH reported 19 new negative test results returned from Union County Saturday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 9.52% based on the number of cases and tests reported. In all, 4,487 COVID-19 test results have returned to the ADH from Union County, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9.58%.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas grew by 662 Saturday to reach 43,173. Of those, 36,034 were considered recovered, leaving 6,679 cases — 15.47% of the state’s cumulative number of cases — active Saturday.

The deaths of seven Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 460, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.06%. There were 499 Arkansas hospitalized due to the virus Saturday, down eight from Friday, and 104 Arkansans on ventilator support, up four from Friday.

According to the ADH, 5,731 COVID-19 tests were performed Friday. The state fell just short of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s goal of testing 200,000 Arkansans in July; 194,450 tests were reported to the ADH in all last month.

The number of COVID-19 cases identified in Union County increased by 181 from July 1 to August 1. There were 28 cases considered active in the county on July 1. The state as a whole added 21,976 COVID-19 cases to its total from July 1 to August 1. Active cases statewide were at 5,757 on July 1. There were three deaths resulting from COVID-19 in Union County residents last month, and 183 Arkansans in all died as a result of the virus in July.

The ADH reported 4,891 new negative test results returned from around the state Saturday, indicating a one-day positivity rate for the state of 11.92% based on the number of new cases and test results reported. Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 514,581 tests have been reported to the ADH, with 471,408 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.38%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there were 4,603,204 COVID-19 cases in the United States at 4:25 p.m. Saturday. Of those, 1,438,160 were considered recovered Saturday, leaving 3,011,058 cases — 65.41% — active nationwide. There had been 153,986 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Saturday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 3.34%.

Johns Hopkins reported 17,685,225 COVID-19 cases worldwide Saturday afternoon. Of those, 10,391,734 were considered recovered, leaving 6,612,150 cases — 17.38% — active around the world. There had been 681,341 deaths attributable to the virus by Saturday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 3.85%.

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