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Two local COVID deaths, no new cases reported

by Caitlan Butler | February 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported no new COVID-19 cases in Union County Sunday for the second day in a row; the cumulative total of cases identified locally remained 3,612.

The cases in the county Sunday included 2,793 confirmed cases and 819 probable cases. 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.

Two local residents’ deaths that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Sunday. Now, 102 Union County residents 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 2.8%.

Active cases continued to drop Sunday, falling by nine to reach 60; they represented 1.7% of all the cases identified locally and included 44 confirmed cases and 16 probable cases. There were 3,450 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Sunday, up seven from Saturday.

There were 100 people hospitalized Sunday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County sits, including 40 in intensive care units and 17 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported six new COVID-19 test results returned Sunday from Union County. In all, 29,193 results have returned from the county, including 25,581 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.4%.

Arkansas added 284 new COVID-19 cases Sunday to its cumulative total, which reached 315,514. The cases in the state Sunday included 249,652 confirmed cases, up 160 from Saturday, and 65,862 probable cases, up 124 from Sunday.

Active cases fell further Sunday, dropping by 408 to reach 5,670; they represented 1.8% of all the cases identified in the state and included 3,849 confirmed cases and 1,821 probable cases. There were 304,460 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Sunday, up 683 from Saturday.

The deaths of nine Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,357, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.7%. There were 577 Arkansans hospitalized Sunday due to the virus, including 219 in ICUs and 114 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 2,688 new COVID-19 test results returned Sunday and 200,998 returned so far this month. Since the state began testing for the virus, 3,030,570 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,703,603 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10.4%.

As of Sunday, 515,183 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines had been administered in Arkansas, according to the ADH.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Johns Hopkins University reported 28,114,570 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 498,384 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 111,262,521 COVID-19 cases worldwide Sunday afternoon. There were 62,745,916 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 46,052,732 cases — 41.4% — active around the world. There had been 2,463,873 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Sunday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

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