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Union County added eight new COVID-19 cases to its cumulative total, which reached 2,577 Monday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. The number of confirmed cases in the county increased by three to 1,997, while probable cases rose to 580 with the addition of five new 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.

Active cases fell Monday, decreasing by 32 cases to reach 316 total; they represented 12.3% of all the cases in the county and included 276 confirmed cases and 40 probable cases. There were 2,188 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 40 from Sunday.

No new local deaths resulting from COVID-19 were reported by the ADH Monday. In all, 73 Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. There were 213 people hospitalized, including 78 in intensive care units and 38 on ventilator support Monday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County is located.

Negative results returned for 17 COVID-19 tests performed on Union County residents Monday, according to the ADH, indicating a one-day local positivity rate of 32% based on the number of new cases and results reported. In all, 21,541 test results have returned from Union County, including 18,964 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12%.

In Arkansas, 1,306 new cases brought the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases identified in the state to 234,781. Confirmed cases rose to 193,655, up 846 from Sunday, and probable cases increased by 460 to reach 41,126.

The number of active cases in Arkansas fell Monday, decreasing by 1,181 cases to reach 23,057; they represented 9.8% of all the cases in the state and included 16,459 confirmed cases and 6,598 probable cases. The number of Arkansans considered recovered from the virus rose to 207,898, an increase of 2,436 from Sunday.

The state’s COVID death toll rose to 3,800 Monday with the addition of 51 Arkansans who died as a result of the virus; the mortality rate for the state was 1.6%. There were 1,296 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus on Monday, including 412 in ICUs and 212 on ventilator support.

Since the state began testing for the virus, 2,349,647 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,107,015 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10%.

Johns Hopkins reported 20,757,339 COVID-19 cases in the United States at 4:30 p.m. Monday; 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 States. By Monday afternoon, 352,858 deaths attributable to the virus had been reported, indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.7%.

Johns Hopkins reported 85,520,927 COVID-19 cases worldwide Monday afternoon. There were 48,040,166 people considered recovered from the virus, leaving 35,631,325 cases — 41.7% — active around the world. The deaths of 1,849,436 people that resulted from the virus had been reported by Monday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

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