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Only three new COVID-19 cases were reported in Union County Sunday, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 1,336, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The cases in the county Sunday included 1,161 confirmed cases, up one from Saturday, and 175 probable cases, up two from Saturday.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests that determine confirmed cases are more sensitive than the antigen tests that determine probable cases.

Local recoveries outpaced new cases in the county Sunday; there were 1,200 Union County residents considered recovered, up nine from Saturday. Active cases dropped by six to reach 82, representing 6.1% of all the cases identified locally. The active cases in the county Sunday included 59 confirmed cases and 23 probable cases.

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement released school-district level COVID-19 data updated through Nov. 9 this week. The data includes all cases identified in a school district’s catchment area, and is not limited to cases in students, staff and/or faculty.

According to the ACHI, as of Nov. 9, 682 cases had been identified in the El Dorado School District’s catchment area, including 38 new cases in the last two weeks; 128 had been identified in the Junction City School District’s catchment area, including six new in the last two weeks; 61 cases had been identified in the Parkers Chapel School District’s catchment area, including five new in the last two weeks; 142 had been identified in the Smackover-Norphlet School District’s catchment area, including 13 new in the last two weeks; and 93 had been identified in the Strong-Huttig School District’s catchment area, including seven new in the last two weeks.

No new local deaths attributable to COVID-19 were reported Sunday. Union County has seen the deaths of 54 residents caused by the virus. In the Southwest Public Health Region of the state, where Union County is located, 131 people were hospitalized due to the virus Sunday, including 50 in intensive care units and 16 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 12 new negative test results returned from Union County Sunday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 20% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 14,580 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 13,244 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9.2%.

In Arkansas, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases grew to 133,040 Sunday, an increase of 874 from Saturday. The cases in the state Sunday included 118,843 confirmed cases, up 707 from Saturday, and 14,197 probable cases, up 167 from Saturday.

The deaths of 24 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,189, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.6%. There were 830 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Sunday, including 317 in ICUs and 116 on ventilator support.

There were 114,312 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Sunday, up 872 from Saturday. Active cases dropped for the first time in over a week, reaching 16,531 Sunday, a decrease of 22 from Saturday; they represented 12.4% of all the cases identified in Arkansas. The active cases in the state Sunday included 12,203 confirmed cases and 4,328 probable cases.

Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 1,601,368 test results have returned to the ADH, including 1,466,080 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.3%.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Johns Hopkins University reported 10,997,987 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 4,148,444 people were considered recovered, leaving 6,603,564 cases — 60% — active nationwide. There had been 245,979 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Sunday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

Johns Hopkins reported 54,251,464 COVID-19 cases worldwide Sunday afternoon. Of those, 34,845,423 people were considered recovered, leaving 18,090,750 cases — 33.3% — active worldwide. There had been 1,315,291 deaths attributable to the virus by Sunday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.4%.

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