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Few new virus cases reported in Arkansas, only one local

by Caitlan Butler | February 16, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported one new COVID-19 case in Union County Monday, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 3,595.

The newly reported case was considered a confirmed case, of which there are 2,777 in the county and which are determined by positive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests. There were 818 probable cases, determined by positive antigen (rapid) tests, in Union County on Monday.

Active cases dropped by 14 to reach 151 Monday; they represented 4.2% of all the cases identified locally and included 121 confirmed cases and 30 probable cases. There were 3,346 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 19 from Sunday.

No new local deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported Monday. Ninety-eight Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. There were 112 people hospitalized due to the virus Monday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County sits, including 49 in intensive care units and 21 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported nine new negative test results returned from Union County Monday. In all, 29,079 results have returned from Union County, including 25,484 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.4%.

Arkansas added 320 new COVID-19 cases Monday to its cumulative total, which reached 313,348. The cases in the state included 248,351 confirmed cases, up 271 from Sunday, and 64,997 probable cases, up 49 from Sunday.

The number of active cases fell by 1,192 to reach 10,494 Monday; they represented 3.3% of all the cases identified in Arkansas and included 7,450 confirmed cases and 3,044 probable cases. There were 297,552 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 1,502 from Sunday.

The deaths of 10 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,275, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 642 Arkansans hospitalized Monday due to the virus, including 244 in ICUs and 111 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 4,439 new COVID-19 test results returned Monday and 170,046 returned so far this month. Since the state began testing for the virus, 2,997,985 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,673,311 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10.5%.

As of Monday afternoon, approximately 478,048 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines had been administered in Arkansas. The state has received 719,000 doses total.

At 1 p.m. Monday, Johns Hopkins University reported 27,658,952 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 485,728 deaths attributable to the virus reported in the U.S. by Monday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.8%.

Johns Hopkins reported 109,048,482 COVID-19 cases worldwide Monday afternoon. There were 61,220,278 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 45,423,090 cases -- 41.7% -- active around the world. There had been 2,405,114 deaths attributable to the virus, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

A shorter version of this story ran in the print and replica versions of the Feb. 16 edition of the News-Times.

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