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Nine new local COVID cases reported, active cases tick up

by Caitlan Butler | February 15, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported nine new COVID-19 cases in Union County Sunday, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 3,594.

Four new confirmed cases, determined by positive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, were reported, making 2,776 confirmed cases total; and the number of probable cases, determined by positive antigen (rapid) tests, grew to 818, up five from Sunday.

Active cases increased by three to reach 169 Sunday; they represented 4.7% of all the cases identified locally and included 137 confirmed cases and 32 probable cases. There were 3,327 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Sunday, up six from Saturday.

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement reported school district-level COVID data updated through Feb. 8 last week. The data includes all the cases identified in a school district’s catchment area and therefore isn’t limited to cases identified in school staff or students.

According to the ACHI, as of Feb. 8, 2,011 cases had been identified in the El Dorado School District’s catchment area, including 104 new since the prior week; 280 cases had been identified in the Junction City School District’s catchment area, including 15 new; 212 cases had been identified in the Parkers Chapel School District’s catchment area, including five new; 538 cases had been identified in the Smackover-Norphlet School District’s catchment area, including 32 new; and 247 cases had been identified in the Strong-Huttig School District’s catchment area, including 11 new.

The 14-day new known infection rate was 41 per 10,000 residents in the ESD’s catchment area; 44 per 10,000 residents in the JCSD’s catchment area; 16 per 10,000 residents in the PCSD’s catchment area; 53 per 10,000 residents in the SNSD’s catchment area; and 39 per 10,000 residents in the SHSD’s catchment area.

No new local deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported Sunday. Ninety-eight Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. There were 116 people hospitalized due to the virus Sunday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where the county sits, including 47 in intensive care units and 19 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 37 new negative COVID test results returned from Union County Sunday. In all, 29,069 COVID-19 test results have returned from the county, including 25,475 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.4%.

Arkansas added 466 new COVID-19 cases Sunday to its cumulative total, which reached 313,028. The cases in the state included 248,080 confirmed cases, up 433 from Saturday, and 64,948 probable cases, up 33 from Saturday.

The number of active cases in Arkansas fell by 536 Sunday to reach 11,686; they represented 3.7% of all the cases in the state and included 8,143 confirmed cases and 3,543 probable cases. There were 296,050 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Sunday, up 989 from Saturday.

The deaths of 13 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,265, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 669 Arkansans hospitalized Sunday due to the virus, including 254 in ICUs and 109 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 6,163 new COVID-19 test results returned Sunday and 164,836 results returned so far this month. Since the state began testing for the virus, 2,993,951 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,669,616 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate of 10.5%.

As of Sunday afternoon, 474,603 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines had been administered in Arkansas. A total of 719,000 doses have been shipped to the state.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Johns Hopkins University reported 27,616,922 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 484,997 deaths attributable to the virus reported in the U.S. by Sunday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.8%.

Johns Hopkins reported 108,715,375 COVID-19 cases worldwide Sunday afternoon. There were 60,986,298 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 45,331,765 cases — 41.7% — active around the world. There had been 2,397,312 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Sunday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

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