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Union County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 cases grew by 11 to reach 1,461 Monday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The cases in the county Monday included 1,249 confirmed cases, up eight from Sunday, and 212 probable cases, up three from Sunday.

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.

In the week since last Monday, 114 COVID-19 cases have been identified in Union County. The week before that, 86 cases were identified; and the week before that, 63 cases, an indication that COVID-19 transmission in the community is happening at a faster rate than it previously was. In the past week, an average of 16 new cases have been identified locally each day.

For the sixth day in a row, local active cases rose to a new high. Two active cases were added to the county’s total, making 133; they represented 9.1% of all the cases identified locally and included 97 confirmed cases and 36 probable cases. There were 1,272 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Monday, up nine from Sunday.

No new local deaths attributable to COVID-19 were reported Monday. Fifty-six Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. In the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County sits, 147 people were hospitalized due to the virus Monday, including 60 in intensive care units and 24 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 67 new negative test results returned from Union County Monday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 14.1% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 15,317 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 13,856 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9.5%.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas grew to 146,190 Monday, up 1,017 from Sunday. The cases in the state Monday included 129,405 confirmed cases and 16,785 probable cases.

Since last Monday, 10,842 COVID-19 cases have been identified in Arkansas, an average of 1,549 new cases each day. In the week before last, 11,537 cases were identified in the state; and the week before that, 9,170 cases.

The number of active cases across the state dropped by 919 Monday to reach 16,727; they represented 11.4% of all the cases identified in Arkansas and included 13,252 confirmed cases and 3,475 probable cases. There were 127,059 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 1,906 from Sunday.

The deaths of 30 Arkansans that were a result of COVID-19 were reported Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,387, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.6%. There were 974 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Monday, including 384 in ICUs and 164 on ventilator support.

The ADH 11,583 new COVID-19 test results returned to the department between Sunday and Monday, indicating a one-day positivity rate for the state of 8.8% based on the number of new cases and results reported. Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 1,723,786 results have returned statewide, including 1,574,220 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.5%.

At 3 p.m. Monday, Johns Hopkins University reported 12,349,443 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 4,526,635 people were considered recovered, leaving 7,565,534 cases — 61.3% — active nationwide. There had been 257,274 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Monday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 2.1%.

In the past week, since last Monday, 1,202,144 COVID-19 cases have been identified in the U.S. and 10,290 U.S. residents have died. An average of 171,753 new cases have been identified in the U.S. each day this past week and an average of 1,470 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID each day this past week.

Johns Hopkins reported 59,004,131 COVID-19 cases worldwide Monday afternoon. Of those, 37,670,886 people were considered recovered, leaving 19,939,509 cases — 33.8% — active around the world. There had been 1,393,736 deaths attributable to the virus by Monday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.4%.

In the week since last Monday, 4,253,350 COVID-19 cases have been identified around the world and 71,716 people have died as a result of the virus. An average of 10,245 people’s deaths were reported each day last week, and an average of 607,621 cases were identified each day.

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