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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson points to a map showing the 14-day moving average of percent positivity by county during a COVID-19 briefing Friday, Sept. 4, at Unity Health in Searcy. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff)

An Arkansas Department of Health spokesperson said there were 724 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union County Saturday, representing an increase of three new cases since Friday.

The spokesperson said there were 646 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus, another increase of three from Friday. Active cases stayed steady Saturday at 57, representing 7.9% of the cumulative cases in the county.

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

According to a nursing home report produced by the ADH Friday, one new COVID-19 case was identified in a resident at Timberlane Health and Rehab between Thursday and Friday. Eleven residents there have contracted the virus, and one has died as a result of it. No other changes were reported at any of the other nursing homes in Union County where cases have been identified, which include Advanced Health and Rehab, Courtyard Healthcare and Rehabilitation and Hudson Memorial Nursing Homes, on Friday.

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement released city-level COVID-19 data updated through Aug. 31 this week. Only cities with more than 10 cases show the enumeration of cases within the communities.

According to the ACHI, on Aug. 31, 508 COVID-19 cases had been identified in El Dorado, representing 1.64% of the population, and 51 remained active on the last day of August, representing .16% of the population; 48 cases had been identified in Junction City, representing 1.93% of the population; 22 cases had been identified in Smackover, representing 1.01% of the population; and 38 cases had been identified in Strong, representing 2.17% of the population.

Fewer than 10 active cases remained in Junction City, Smackover and Strong on Aug. 31, according to the ACHI’s data. Cases had also been identified in Mount Holly, Norphlet and Lawson; some cases remained active in all of those cities as well.

Arkansas’ number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 515 to reach a cumulative total of 64,960 Saturday. Of those, 57,968 were considered recovered and 5,840 cases — 9% of the cumulative total — remained active.

The deaths of nine Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 882, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.4%. There were 16 fewer Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Saturday, 385 in all; and there were eight fewer Arkansans on ventilator support Saturday, 76 in all.

The ADH reported 6,828 new COVID-19 test results Saturday, indicating a one-day positivity rate for the state of 7.5%. So far in September, 31,298 test results have returned to the ADH.

At 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Johns Hopkins reported 6,217,082 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 2,283,454 were considered recovered, leaving 3,745,754 cases — 60.2% — active nationwide. There had been 187,874 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by late Saturday morning, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 3%.

Johns Hopkins reported 26,683,612 COVID-19 cases worldwide late Saturday morning. Of those, 17,772,422 were considered recovered, leaving 8,035,247 cases — 30.1% — active around the world. There had been 875,943 deaths attributable to the virus by late Saturday morning, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 3.3%.

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