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19 COVID cases added to local total; active cases stay steady

by Caitlan Butler | March 1, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.

There were 19 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday in Union County, bringing the cumulative total of cases identified locally to 3,727. The cases in the county Monday included 2,836 confirmed cases, up one from Sunday, and 891 probable cases, up 18 from Sunday.

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 remained at 50 Monday; they represented 1.3% of all the cases identified locally and included 37 confirmed cases and 13 probable cases. There were 3,577 Union County residents considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 19 from Sunday.

No new local deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported Monday. A total of 100 Union County residents have died as a result of the virus. There were 75 people hospitalized Monday due to the virus in the Southwest hospital region of Arkansas, where Union County sits, including 28 in intensive care units and eight on ventilator support.

The ADH reported 18 new negative test results returned from Union County Monday. In all, 29,799 COVID-19 test results have returned from Union County, including 26,072 negatives, indicating an overall local positivity rate of 12.5%.

Arkansas added 94 new COVID-19 cases Monday to its cumulative total, which reached 322,509.

The cases in the state included 254,128 confirmed cases, up 98 from Sunday, and 68,381 probable cases, down four from Sunday. ADH spokesperson Gavin Lesnick said the number of probable cases will sometimes decline as people get a PCR test to confirm their cases.

“So if that sends it into the negative, the combined total cases are less than the confirmed by that difference,” Lesnick said.

Active cases in the state dropped by 157 to reach 4,242 Monday; they represented 1.3% of the cases identified in Arkansas and included 2,882 confirmed cases and 1,360 probable cases. There were 313,002 Arkansans considered recovered from the virus Monday, up 244 from Sunday.

The deaths of seven Arkansans that resulted from COVID-19 were reported Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 5,250, indicating a state COVID mortality rate of 1.6%. There were 441 Arkansans hospitalized due to the virus Monday, including 173 in ICUs and 84 on ventilator support.

Since the state began testing for COVID-19, 3,162,736 results have returned to the ADH, including 2,827,628 negatives, indicating an overall positivity rate for the state of 10.2%.

At 3:45 p.m. Monday, Johns Hopkins University reported 28,648,156 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 514,216 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 114,350,611 COVID-19 cases worldwide Monday afternoon. There were 64,530,988 people considered recovered from the virus then, leaving 47,462,758 cases — 41.5% — active around the world. There had been 2,536,865 deaths attributable to the virus reported by Monday afternoon, indicating a global COVID mortality rate of 2.2%.

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