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12 new local COVID cases, one death reported

by Caitlan Butler | February 14, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

There were 12 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday in Union County by the Arkansas Department of Health, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 3,585.

Of the new COVID cases identified in the county, six were confirmed cases, of which there are 2,772 total, and six were probable cases, which total 813 locally.

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.

Since Feb. 7, 84 COVID-19 cases have been identified locally.

One Union County resident’s death that resulted from COVID-19 was reported Saturday. Now, 98 local residents, including four this week, have died as a result of the virus, indicating a local COVID mortality rate — the percentage of people who have died after contracting the virus — of 2.7%.

Active cases in the county increased by one to reach 166 Saturday; they represented 4.6% of all the cases in the county and included 138 confirmed cases and 28 probable cases. The number of active COVID cases in Union County since last Sunday peaked then, Feb. 7, at 201 and dropped to 165 on Thursday and Friday at its lowest.

There were 3,321 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Saturday, up 10 from Friday. In total, 110 Union County residents have met the clinical conditions to be considered recovered from COVID-19 since last Sunday.

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement reported city-level COVID data updated through Feb. 8 last week. In Lawson, fewer than 10 cases have been identified, and Felsenthal wasn’t included in the data.

According to the ACHI, as of Feb. 8, 23 COVID-19 cases had been identified in Calion, representing 5% of the city’s population; 2,559 cases had been identified in El Dorado, including 131 new since the prior week, representing 8% of the population; 75 cases had been identified in Huttig, representing 7% of the population; 220 cases had been identified in Junction City, including 13 new since the prior week, representing 9% of the population; 25 cases had been identified in Mount Holly, representing 7% of the population; 50 cases had been identified in Norphlet, representing 9% of the population; 212 cases had been identified in Smackover, including 11 new since the prior week, representing 10% of the population; and 171 cases had been identified in Strong, representing 10% of the population.

The 14-day new known infection rate as of Feb. 8 was 42 for every 10,000 residents in El Dorado; 51 for every 10,000 residents in Junction City; and 50 for every 10,000 residents in Smackover, according to the ACHI.

There were 121 people hospitalized Saturday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County is located, including 46 in intensive care units and 19 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 112 new negative test results returned from Union County Saturday. Since last Sunday, 756 negative COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, indicating a one-week local positivity rate of 11.1%. In all, 29,023 test results have returned from Union County, including 25,438 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.4%.

Arkansas’ addition of 954 new COVID-19 cases Saturday brought the cumulative total of cases identified in the state to 312,562. The cases in the state included 247,647 confirmed cases, up 619 from Friday, and 64,915 probable cases, up 335 from Friday.

Since last Sunday, 5,826 COVID-19 cases have been identified in Arkansas.

The number of active COVID cases dropped to 12,222 Saturday, down 351 from Friday; they represented 3.9% of all the cases identified in the state and included 8,411 confirmed cases and 3,811 probable cases. There were 295,061 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Saturday, up 1,265 from Friday.

The deaths of 40 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Saturday. Since Feb. 7, 176 Arkansans’ deaths have been reported as resulting from COVID. The state’s death toll rose to 5,252 Saturday, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 690 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Saturday, including 256 in ICUs and 113 on ventilator support.

Since the state began testing for the virus, 2,986,826 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,662,995 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10.5%.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Johns Hopkins University reported 27,530,795 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 481,685 deaths attributable to the virus reported in the U.S. by Sunday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.7%.

Johns Hopkins reported 108,387,815 COVID-19 cases worldwide Saturday afternoon. There were 60,749,958 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 45,250,293 cases — 41.7% — active around the world. There had been 2,387,564 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Saturday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

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