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story.lead_photo.caption Governor Hutchinson addresses the media during a daily update on Arkansas’ response to COVID-19 on Friday, Sept. 11. The state had a record high number of cases with 1,107 cases in the last 24 hours, Hutchinson said. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Stephen Swofford)

There were 14 new COVID-19 cases identified in Union County between Thursday and Friday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health, which reported 769 cumulative cases in the county Friday.

The number of local recoveries grew by 11 to reach 701. There were three more active cases in the county Friday than were Thursday; they represented 5.6% of the cumulative cases identified in the county.

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

The ADH reported 28 new negative COVID-19 test results returned in Union County Friday, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 33.33% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 8,321 test results have returned from Union County, including 7,552 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 9.2%.

Arkansas’ number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 1,107 Friday, a new one-day record, to reach a cumulative total of 67,911. Of those, 61,245 were considered recovered Friday, leaving 5,713 cases — 8.4% of the cumulative total — active statewide.

Thirteen Arkansans’ COVID-related deaths were reported Friday, bringing the state’s death toll to 953, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.4%. There were 392 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Friday, representing no change from Thursday; and there were three fewer Arkansans on ventilator support Friday, 76 in all.

The ADH reported 7,801 new PCR COVID-19 test results Friday, indicating a one-day positivity rate for the state of 14.2% based on the number of new cases and results reported. So far in September, 69,969 PCR COVID test results have been reported to the ADH.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said 459 antigen COVID tests were performed between Thursday and Friday, with 78 positives coming back, indicating a one-day positivity rate of 17% among antigen test results. In all, 1,185 positive COVID test results returned Friday, between the 78 presumed positives (antigen results) and 1,107 confirmed cases (PCR results).

Since the state for the virus, 805,109 test results have been reported to the ADH, including 737,198 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 8.4%.

At 1:30 p.m. Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported 6,417,186 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Of those, 2,403,511 were considered recovered, leaving 3,821,294 cases — 59.5% — active nationwide. There had been 192,381 deaths attributable to the virus in the U.S. by early Friday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 3%.

Johns Hopkins reported 28,268,970 COVID-19 cases worldwide Friday afternoon. Of those, 19,048,042 were considered recovered, leaving 8,306,646 cases — 29.4% — active around the world. There had been 911,282 deaths attributable to the virus by early Friday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 3.2%.

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