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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson arrives Thursday, Sept. 3, in Little Rock for a COVID-19 briefing at the state Capitol. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staton Breidenthal)

Union County surpassed 700 cumulative COVID-19 cases Thursday. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, nine new confirmed cases were identified locally between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 707.

The death of one local resident that was caused by COVID-19 was reported Thursday as well. Twenty-one Union County residents have died as a result of the virus, indicating a local COVID mortality rate — the percentage of those who have had COVID-19 and died as a result of it — of 3%.

Of the cases identified in Union County, 623 were considered recovered Thursday, up 13 from Wednesday. There were 63 active cases Thursday, down five from Wednesday. Active cases represented 8.9% of the cumulative case total in the county.

The ADH reported 103 new negative test results returned from Union County Thursday, indicating a one-day positivity rate for the county of 8% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 7,791 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 7,084 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9.1%.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arkansas rose by 969 to reach a cumulative total of 63,081 Thursday. Of those, 56,889 were considered recovered, leaving 5,311 cases — 8.4% of the cumulative total — active statewide.

The deaths of 20 Arkansans were reported on Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 861, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.4%. There were ten fewer Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus on Thursday than were Wednesday, 425 in all. There was one more Arkansan on ventilator support Thursday, 91 in all.

The ADH reported 7,827 new test results returned Thursday, indicating a one-day positivity rate of 12.4% based on the number of new cases and results reported. So far in September, 12,744 COVID-19 test results have been reported to the ADH.

Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 747,317 test results have returned to the ADH, including 684,236 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.4%.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Johns Hopkins University reported 6,131,344 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 2,231,757 were considered recovered, leaving 3,713,294 cases — 60.1% — active nationwide. There had been 186,293 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Thursday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 3%.

Johns Hopkins reported 26,118,288 COVID-19 cases worldwide Thursday. Of those, 17,344,870 were considered recovered, leaving 7,908,617 cases — 30.2% — active around the world. There had been 864,801 deaths attributable to the virus by Thursday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 3.3%.

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