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Two new local COVID cases reported, recoveries keep climbing

by Caitlan Butler | February 19, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

Two new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday in Union County, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 3,611, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. Both of the new cases were confirmed cases, of which 2,792 have been identified locally. There have been 819 probable cases identified 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.

Active cases fell further Thursday, dropping by seven to reach 91; they represented 2.5% of all the cases identified locally and included 66 confirmed cases and 25 probable cases. There were 3,422 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Thursday, up nine from Wednesday.

No new local deaths attributable to the virus were reported Thursday. Ninety-eight Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. There were 122 people hospitalized due the virus Thursday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County sits, including 62 in intensive care units and 18 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported four new negative test results returned from Union County Thursday. In all, 29,134 COVID-19 test results have returned from the county, including 25,523 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.4%.

Most local health units were again closed Thursday due to the extreme winter weather throughout the state. At the four locations that were open Thursday, all in the northern part of the state, COVID-19 testing was not available.

Arkansas added 253 new COVID-19 cases Thursday to its cumulative total, which reached 314,445. The cases in the state included 248,996 confirmed cases, up 141 from Wednesday, and 65,449 probable cases, up 112 from Wednesday.

The number of active cases in the state fell by 916 Thursday to reach 7,323; they represented 2.3% of all the cases identified in Arkansas and included 5,111 confirmed cases and 2,212 probable cases. There were 301,772 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Thursday, up 1,159 from Wednesday.

The deaths of 10 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,323, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 625 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Thursday, including 241 in ICUs and 107 on ventilator support.

Since the state began testing for the virus, 3,016,293 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,690,442 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate of 10.4%.

At 3 p.m. Thursday, Johns Hopkins reported 27,876,525 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 492,302 deaths attributable to the virus reported in the U.S. by Thursday afternoon, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.8%.

Johns Hopkins reported 110,174,357 COVID-19 cases worldwide Thursday afternoon. There were 62,044,843 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 45,692,740 cases — 41.5% — active around the world. There had been 2,436,774 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Thursday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%


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