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The Arkansas Department of Health reported two new COVID-19 cases in Union County Monday, bringing the cumulative number of cases identified locally to 945. The cases in the county Monday included 905 confirmed cases, up two from Sunday, and 40 probable cases, no change from Sunday.

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

No new local deaths attributable to COVID-19 were reported Monday. Forty-seven Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. In the Southwest Public Health Region of the state, where Union County is located, 93 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Monday, including 43 in intensive care units and 19 on ventilator support.

Four new recoveries were reported in Union County Monday, bringing the total number of local residents who are considered recovered from the virus to 860. Active cases in the county decreased by two to reach 38, representing 4% of all the cases identified locally. The active cases in the county Monday included 31 confirmed cases and seven probable cases.

The ADH reported 17 new negative test results returned from Union County Monday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 10.5% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 10,509 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 9,564 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9%.

The cumulative number of cases in Arkansas grew by 417 to reach 87,430 Monday. The cases identified in the state included 83,698 confirmed cases, up 392 from Sunday, and 3,732 probable cases, up 25 from Sunday.

The number of Arkansans considered recovered from the virus was 79,052 Monday, up 694 from Sunday. Active cases in the state decreased by 300 to 6,922, representing 7.9% of all the cases identified in the state. The active cases in Arkansas Monday included 6,186 confirmed cases and 736 probable cases.

The ADH reported the deaths of 22 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,447, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 516 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus on Monday, including 233 in ICUs and 93 on ventilator support.

Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 1,101,172 results have returned to the ADH, including 1,013,365 negatives, indicating that the state’s positivity rate was 7.9% on Monday.

At 1:15 p.m. Monday afternoon, Johns Hopkins University reported 7,433,828 COVID-19 cases in the United States. There were 2,911,699 people considered recovered by Monday afternoon, leaving 4,312,201 cases — 58% — active nationwide. There had been 209,928 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Monday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 2.8%.

Johns Hopkins reported 35,314,104 COVID-19 cases worldwide Monday afternoon. Of those, 24,560,250 people were considered recovered, leaving 9,715,057 cases — 27.5% — active around the world. There had been 1,038,797 deaths attributable to the virus by Monday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.9%.

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