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12 new local COVID cases reported, active cases up

by Caitlan Butler | August 22, 2020 at 10:48 p.m.
Stephanie Williams, the Arkansas Health Department’s chief of staff, speaks during Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 briefing on Friday, Aug. 21 at the Capitol in Little Rock. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff)

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union County Saturday, bringing the cumulative number of cases identified locally to 624.

Of those, 528 were considered recovered Saturday, up 10 from Friday. Active cases increased by two to 65; they represented 10.42% of the cumulative number of cases in the county.

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

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement released city-level COVID data recent through Aug. 17 this week. The ACHI is also providing school district-level data, which measures the number of new cases reported within the catchment area of each school district in the state.

According to the ACHI, on Aug. 17, 420 COVID-19 cases had been reported in El Dorado, representing 1.39% of the population, and 49 remained active, representing .16% of the population; 13 cases had been reported in Huttig, representing 1.19% of the population, and fewer than 10 cases remained active; 40 cases had been reported in Junction City, representing 1.6% of the population, and 13 remained active, representing .52% of the population; 21 cases had been reported in Smackover, representing .96% of the population, and fewer than 10 cases remained active; and 33 cases had been reported in Strong, representing 1.89% of the population, and fewer than 10 cases remained active.

The ADH reported 160 new negative test results Saturday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 6.98% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 7,136 COVID-19 test results have returned to the ADH from Union County, with 6,512 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 8.74%.

Arkansas saw its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increase by 547 Saturday to reach a cumulative total of 56,199. Of those, 49,764 were considered recovered Saturday, leaving 5,761 cases — 10.25% — active statewide.

The deaths of 11 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 674, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.2%. The number of Arkansans hospitalized because of the virus decreased by 17 to 492, and the number of Arkansans on ventilator support decreased by 12 to 108.

The ADH reported 6,202 COVID-19 test results returned between Friday and Saturday, indicating a one-day positivity rate for the state of 8.82% based on the number of new cases and results reported. So far in August, 129,159 results have been reported to the ADH.

Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 665,325 results have been reported to the ADH, with 609,126 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.45%.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, Johns Hopkins reported 5,660,719 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 1,985,484 were considered recovered, leaving 3,498,992 cases — 61.82% — active nationwide. There had been 176,243 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Saturday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 3.11%.

Johns Hopkins reported 23,056,487 COVID-19 cases worldwide Saturday afternoon. Of those, 14,803,921 were considered recovered, leaving 7,450,937 cases — 32.32% — active around the world. There had been 801,629 deaths attributable to the virus by Saturday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 3.48%.

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