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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson points to a chart showing that 181,456 COVID-19 tests have been performed so far in July during a press briefing on COVID-19 held at the State Capitol in Little Rock on Thursday, July 30. (Staci Vandagriff/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Union County Thursday, bringing the cumulative number of cases identified locally to 396.

Of those, 328 were considered recovered Thursday, an increase of eight from Wednesday’s number of local recoveries. There were 52 cases active on Thursday, up nine from Wednesday and representing 13.13% of the cumulative case total in Union County.

Two worker cases that were previously reported at Timberlane Health and Rehab were not included in a congregate settings report produced each week day by the ADH; instead, six total worker cases are listed, with four of the workers considered recovered now, along with one resident who tested positive and died as a result of the virus.

No other changes were reported in any of the congregate settings where COVID-19 has been identified in Union County, which include Community Living Arrangements, where one worker case remains active; Courtyard Healthcare Rehabilitation, where seven residents died as a result of the virus and 28 residents and 22 workers have recovered from the virus; and Advanced Health and Rehab of Union County, where two workers have recovered from the virus.

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

The ADH reported 123 new negative test results returned from Union County Thursday, indicating a local one-day positivity rate of 12.14% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 4,376 test results have returned from Union County, with 3,980 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9.04%.

Arkansas saw its cumulative number of cases rise by 791 to reach 41,759 Thursday. Of those, 34,737 were considered recovered on Thursday, leaving 6,580 cases — 15.75% — active statewide.

The deaths of eight additional Arkansans resulting from COVID-19 were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 442, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.05%. At 504 total, there were four fewer Arkansans hospitalized as a result of the virus Thursday, and seven fewer on ventilator support at 101 total.

There were 6,321 new negative COVID-19 test results reported to the ADH Thursday, indicating a one-day positivity rate for the state of 11.12% based on the number of new cases and results reported. Since the state began testing for COVID-19, there have been 502,717 tests reported to the ADH, with 460,958 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.3%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there were 4,475,979 COVID-19 cases in the United States at 4:25 p.m. Thursday. Of those, 1,389,425 were considered recovered, leaving 2,934,904 cases — 65.57% — active nationwide. There had been 151,650 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Thursday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 3.38%.

Johns Hopkins reported 17,130,295 COVID-19 cases worldwide Thursday afternoon. Of those, 10,003,911 were considered recovered, leaving 6,457,224 cases — 37.69% — active around the world. There had been 669,160 deaths attributable to the virus by Thursday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 3.9%.

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