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No new local COVID-19 cases were reported by the Arkansas Department of Health Sunday, keeping Union County’s cumulative case total at 252 for the second day straight.

Of those, 216 were considered recovered Sunday, up two from Saturday. Local active cases correspondingly dropped by two to 23, representing 9.12% of the county’s cumulative case total.

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

The ADH reported 21 new negative test results returned from Union County on Sunday. There have been 3,358 COVID-19 test results reported from the county, with 3,106 negatives. The overall local positivity rate Sunday was 7.5%.

Arkansas’ cumulative case total grew by 605 to reach 23,814 on Sunday. Of those, 17,133 were considered recovered Sunday, leaving 6,323 cases — 26.55% — active statewide. Washington County, where Fayetteville is located, had the most active cases of any Arkansas county, with 1,167 of its 4,050 cumulative cases active on Sunday.

One Arkansan died as a result of the virus between Saturday and Sunday, bringing the number of deaths attributable to COVID-19 in Arkansas to 287, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.2%. There were 325 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Sunday, with 75 using ventilator support.

Deaths attributable to COVID-19 have mostly been in the community; 35.54%, or 102 deaths, have been associated with nursing homes, while 4.87%, or 14, have been prison inmates, according to the ADH.

The majority of the state’s deaths related to COVID have been in those aged 65 or older (71%). Other age groups represented in the state’s deaths include those 25 to 44 years old, who represent 6% of the state’s deaths, and those 45 to 64 years old, who represent 23% of the state’s deaths. No deaths in those that are zero to 24 years old have been reported, according to ADH data.

Most of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arkansas have been males, who make up 54% of people with confirmed cases in the state; females represent 44% of the state’s confirmed cases.

Those 25 to 44 years old represent the age group with the most confirmed cases (37%); they’re followed by those 45 to 64 (27%); 18 to 24 and zero to 17 (both 13%); and 65 or older (10%).

The ADH reported 344,529 COVID-19 test results returned Sunday, with 320,715 negatives, indicating a statewide positivity rate of 6.91%.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during an appearance on “Meet the Press” Sunday that if President Donald Trump chooses to hold a rally in Arkansas, attendees will be required to wear masks if social distancing is not possible.

“We are leading by example,” Hutchinson said. “I wear a mask when I’m out in public. This is important for us because when you want to grow the economy, whenever you want to bring people off the unemployment rolls, the way you do it is to stop the spread of the virus through covering yourself, protecting others and protecting yourself.”

Johns Hopkins University reported 2,874,396 COVID-19 cases in the United States at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Of those, 906,763 were considered recovered, leaving 1,837,763 cases — 63.93% — active nationwide. There had been 129,870 deaths associated with COVID-19 in the U.S. by Sunday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 4.51%.

Johns Hopkins reported 11,365,572 COVID-19 cases worldwide Sunday afternoon. Of those, 6,154,138 were considered recovered Sunday afternoon, leaving 4,678,790 cases — 41.16% — active around the world. There had been 532,644 deaths resulting from the virus by Sunday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 4.68%.

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