The addition of 26 new COVID-19 cases brought the cumulative total of cases identified in Union County to 3,563 Thursday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The cases in the county included 2,759 confirmed cases, up 18 from Wednesday, and 804 probable cases, up eight from Wednesday.
The United States Centers for Disease Control considers positive results from PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests to be confirmed cases and positive results from antigen (rapid) tests to be probable cases.
Active cases dropped by five Thursday to reach 165; they represented 4.6% of all the cases identified locally and included 139 confirmed cases and 26 probable cases. There were 3,301 Union Count residents considered recovered from the virus Thursday, up 31 from Wednesday.
No new local deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported Thursday. Ninety-seven Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. There were 137 people hospitalized due to the virus Thursday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where the county is located, including 51 in intensive care units and 21 on ventilator support.
The ADH reported 135 new negative test results returned from Union County Thursday. In all, 28,742 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 25,179 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.4%.
Arkansas added 1,103 new COVID-19 cases Thursday to its cumulative total, which reached 311,043. The cases in the state included 246,589 confirmed cases, up 724 from Wednesday, and 64,454 probable cases, up 379 from Wednesday.
The number of active COVID cases in the state dipped lower Thursday for the seventh day in a row, dropping by 672 to reach 13,518; they represented 4.3% of all the cases identified in the state and included 9,343 confirmed cases and 4,175 probable cases. There were 292,298 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Thursday, up 1,750 from Wednesday.
The deaths of 25 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,199, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 712 Arkansans hospitalized Thursday due to the virus, including 256 in ICUs and 117 on ventilator support.
The ADH reported 13,087 new COVID-19 test results returned Thursday and 135,448 returned so far this month. Since the state began testing for the virus, 2,966,252 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,644,030 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10.5%.
As of Thursday afternoon, 442,134 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Arkansas. The state has received 670,475 doses of the vaccines, according to the ADH.
At 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Johns Hopkins University reported 27,356,234 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 474,198 deaths attributable to the virus reported in the U.S. by Thursday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.7%.
Johns Hopkins reported 107,631,068 COVID-19 cases worldwide Thursday afternoon. There were 60,203,811 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 45,064,522 cases — 41.9% — active around the world. There had been 2,362,735 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Thursday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.