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14 new local COVID cases reported, recoveries up

by Caitlan Butler | February 11, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 14 new COVID-19 cases in Union County on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 3,537. Most of the new cases, 12, were confirmed cases, determined by positive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests; two were probable cases, determined by positive antigen (rapid) tests.

The number of active COVID cases in the county dropped by three Wednesday to reach 170; they represented 4.8% of all the cases identified locally and included 149 confirmed cases and 21 probable cases. There were 3,270 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Wednesday, up 17 from Tuesday.

A report on COVID-19 cases in educational institutions produced by the ADH on Feb. 8 listed the El Dorado and Smackover-Norphlet school districts as having more than five active cases among students and/or staff and faculty members.

According to the report, as of Feb. 8, the ESD had reported 19 active cases, and 274 cases, 87 in staff and faculty and 177 in students, had been identified in the district. In the SNSD, seven cases were active as of Feb. 8, and a total of 134 cases have been identified in the district, including 28 in staff and faculty and 100 in students.

No new local deaths attributable to COVID-19 were reported Wednesday. Ninety-seven Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. There were 133 people hospitalized due to the virus Wednesday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County sits, including 55 in intensive care units and 24 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 195 new negative test results returned from Union County Wednesday. In all, 28,581 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 25,044 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.4%.

Arkansas added 1,092 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday to its cumulative total, which reached 309,940. The cases in the state included 245,865 confirmed cases, up 632 from Tuesday, and 64,075 probable cases, up 460 from Tuesday.

Active cases fell to 14,190, down 708 from Tuesday; they represented 4.6% of all the cases in the state and included 9,869 confirmed cases and 4,321 probable cases. There were 290,548 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Wednesday, up 1,774 from Tuesday.

The deaths of 26 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,174, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 735 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Wednesday, including 238 in ICUs and 138 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 9,997 new COVID-19 test results returned Wednesday and 119,812 returned so far in February. Since the state began testing for the virus, 2,952,507 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,631,459 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10.5%.

As of Wednesday, 425,873 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Arkansas; 651,475 doses have been delivered to the state, according to the ADH.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University reported 27,249,586 COVID-19 cases in the United States. Data wasn’t available then on the number of U.S. residents considered recovered from the virus or the number of active cases in the country. There had been 470,200 deaths attributable to the virus reported in the U.S. by Wednesday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.7%.

Johns Hopkins reported 107,179,340 COVID-19 cases worldwide Wednesday afternoon. There were 59,940,499 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 44,889,964 cases — 41.9% — active around the world. There had been 2,348,877 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Wednesday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

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