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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers questions during Friday’s COVID-19 briefing while streaming live from Unity Health in Searcy. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff)

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 14 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union County Friday, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the county to 721.

Of those, 643 were considered recovered, up 20 from Thursday. There were still 57 active cases in the county, representing 7.9% of the cumulative number of cases identified locally.

No new local deaths attributable to COVID-19 were reported Friday. Twenty-one Union County residents have died as a result of the virus.

According to a nursing home report detailing COVID cases at nursing homes throughout the state produced by the ADH on Thursday, cases rose this week at several nursing homes in Union County.

Courtyard Healthcare and Rehabilitation appeared on the report again this week with one active worker cases; 35 residents and now 23 workers there have contracted the virus in all. Seven Courtyard residents died during an earlier outbreak of the virus, while 28 other residents and 22 workers have since recovered.

At Advanced Health and Rehab of Union County, one worker case was reportedly active on Thursday, while three other workers had recovered from the virus. At Hudson Memorial Nursing Home, 20 residents had tested positive for the virus, with all their cases remaining active on Thursday, while 13 workers had tested positive, with four of their cases still active. At Timberlane Health and Rehab, nine resident cases remained active, while eight workers who had the virus previously were reportedly recovered; one Timberlane resident has died as result of the virus.

Community Living Arrangements, an assisted living facility in Union County, also reported one new worker case this week, according to a congregate living settings report produced by the ADH Thursday. Nine residents and four workers there have previously recovered from the virus.

The ADH reported 137 new negative test results from Union County Friday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 9.3% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 7,942 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 7,221 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9.1%.

Arkansas’ number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by a one-day record-setting 1,094 to reach a cumulative total of 64,175 Friday. Of those, 57,547 were considered active, leaving 5,755 cases — 9% of the cumulative total — active statewide.

The deaths of 12 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Friday, bringing the state’s death toll to 873, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.4%. There were 24 fewer Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus on Friday than there were on Thursday, 401 in all, and five fewer Arkansans on ventilator support, 86 in all Friday.

The ADH reported 11,254 new COVID-19 test results returned Friday, another one-day record. The one-day positivity rate for the state, based on the number of new cases and results reported, was 9.7%. So far in September, 24,252 COVID-19 test results have returned to the ADH.

Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 758,495 results have returned to the ADH, including 694,320 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.5%.

At 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported 6,187,336 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 2,266,957 were considered recovered, leaving 3,751,895 cases — 60.3% — active nationwide. There had been 187,484 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by Friday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 3%.

Johns Hopkins reported 26,433,548 COVID-19 cases worldwide Friday afternoon. Of those, 17,573,533 were considered recovered, leaving 7,988,810 cases — 30.2% — active around the world. There had been 871,205 deaths attributable to the virus by Friday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 3.3%.

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