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One death, eight new local COVID cases reported

by Caitlan Butler | January 11, 2021 at 11:24 p.m.

There were eight new COVID-19 cases reported in Union County by the Arkansas Department of Health Monday, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 2,793. The number of confirmed cases in the county rose to 2,182, an increase of nine from Sunday, and probable cases fell by one to 611.

An ADH spokesperson previously said there are several reasons the number of probable cases may have fallen from the previous day’s report. The cases could have been moved to a different county, or they may have been confirmed with a PCR test.

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.

One Union County resident’s death that resulted from COVID-19 was reported Monday. Seventy-seven local residents have now died as a result of the virus, indicating a local COVID mortality rate — the percentage of those who contracted the virus then died as a result — of 2.8%.

Active cases fell Monday as 14 fewer cases were considered active, 294 total; they represented 10.5% of all the cases identified locally and included 260 confirmed cases and 34 probable cases. There were 2,422 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 21 from Sunday.

There were 251 people hospitalized due to COVID Monday in the Southwest hospital region of the state, where Union County sits, including 96 in intensive care units and 52 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 180 new negative test results returned from Union County Monday. In all, 23,047 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 20,254 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.1%.

Arkansas added 1,268 new COVID-19 cases Monday to its cumulative total, which reached 256,344. The cases in the state included 208,778 confirmed cases, up 1,029 from Sunday, and 47,566 probable cases, up 239 from Sunday.

The number of active cases in the state fell to 25,534 Monday, down 1,958 from Sunday; they represented 10% of all the cases identified in the state and included 18,166 confirmed cases and 7,368 probable cases. There were 226,700 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 3,187 from Sunday.

The deaths of 38 Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 4,081, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.6%. There were 1,371 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Monday, including 460 in ICUs and 268 on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 8,766 new COVID-19 test results returned Monday and 129,951 total tests performed so far in January. Since the state began testing for the virus, 2,491,266 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,226,195 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10.3%.

Since Dec. 14, 84,570 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Arkansas, according to the ADH.

At 2:45 p.m. Monday, Johns Hopkins reported 22,515,032 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 of the virus in the States. By Monday afternoon, 375,239 deaths attributable to the virus had been reported in the U.S., indicating a national COVID mortality rate of 1.7%.

Johns Hopkins reported 90,673,898 COVID-19 cases worldwide Monday afternoon. There were 50,147,003 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 38,586,574 cases — 42.6% — active around the world. There had been 1,940,321 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Monday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.1%.

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