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The Arkansas Department of Health reported eight new COVID-19 cases in Union County Friday, bringing the cumulative number of cases identified locally to 1,057. The cases in the county Friday included 967 confirmed cases, up five from Thursday, and 90 probable cases, up three from Thursday.

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.

Thirteen new recoveries were reported locally Friday, making 976 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus. Active cases in the county dropped to 34, down five from Thursday and representing 3.2% of all the cases identified locally. The active cases in the county Friday included 24 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases.

No new local deaths attributable to COVID-19 were reported Friday. 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, 107 people were hospitalized due to the virus Friday, including 43 in intensive care units and 22 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 103 new negative tests returned from Union County Friday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 7.2% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 11,794 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 10,737 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9%.

In Arkansas, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases grew to 97,539 Friday, up 1,015 from Thursday. There were 92,117 confirmed cases in the state Friday, up 814 from Thursday, and 5,422 probable cases, up 201 from Thursday.

There were 87,256 Arkansans considered recovered Friday, up 809 from Thursday. Active cases in the state rose by 185 to reach 8,609, another record in active cases for the state, representing 8.8% of all the cases in the state. The active cases in Arkansas Friday included 7,420 confirmed cases and 1,189 probable cases.

The ADH reported the deaths of 20 Arkansans Friday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,665, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 583 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Friday, including 235 in ICUs and 101 on ventilator support.

Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 1,232,241 results have returned to the ADH, including 1,134,116 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 7.9%.

At 2 p.m. Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported 8,015,380 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 3,177,397 people were considered recovered, leaving 4,619,846 cases — 57.6% — active nationwide. There had been 218,137 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Friday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 2.7%.

Johns Hopkins reported 39,097,543 COVID-19 cases worldwide Friday afternoon. Of those, 26,956,841 people were considered recovered, leaving 11,039,825 cases — 28.2% — active around the world. There had been 1,100,877 deaths attributable to the virus by Friday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.8%.

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