Nine new COVID-19 cases, one death re­ported in Union County

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Cait­lan But­ler Manag­ing Editor

The Arkansas Depart­ment of Health re­ported nine new COVID-19 cases in Union County Wed­nes­day, bring­ing the cu­mu­la­tive num­ber of cases iden­ti­fied in the county to 858. The cu­mu­la­tive case to­tal was made up of 838 con­firmed cases, up seven from Tues­day; and 20 probable cases, up two from Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the United States Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, the PCR (poly­merase chain re­ac­tion) tests that con­firmed cases are de­ter­mined by are more sen­si­tive than the anti­gen tests that de­ter­mine probable cases.

The ADH re­ported 19 new neg­a­tive test re­sults re­turned from Union County on Wed­nes­day, in­di­cat­ing a one-day lo­cal pos­i­tiv­ity rate of 32.1% based on the num­ber of new cases and re­sults re­ported. In all, 8,789 COVID-19 test re­sults have re­turned from Union County, in­clud­ing 7,931 neg­a­tives, in­di­cat­ing an over­all lo­cal pos­i­tiv­ity rate of 9.7%.

One Union County res­i­dent’s death that was caused by COVID-19 was re­ported Wed­nes­day. Thirty-two lo­cal res­i­dents have died as a re­sult of the virus, in­di­cat­ing a lo­cal COVID mor­tal­ity rate — the per­cent­age of those who have con­tracted the virus and died as a re­sult of it — of 3.7%.

The num­ber of re­cov­er­ies re­ported in Union County in­creased by eight Wed­nes­day to reach 798. Ac­tive cases in the county stayed steady at 27

Wed­nes­day, rep­re­sent­ing 3.1% of all the cases iden­ti­fied lo­cally. The ac­tive cases re­ported Wed­nes­day were made up of 21 con­firmed cases and six probable cases.

A re­port pro­duced by the ADH on Sept. 21 on COVID cases in ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in­cluded the Smack­over-Nor­phlet School District, which re­port­edly has five ac­tive COVID19 cases out of 13 cu­mu­la­tive cases iden­ti­fied in peo­ple in the district; the re­port didn’t in­clude whether the cases in the district are in staff and fac­ulty or stu­dents. No other lo­cal school dis­tricts were in­cluded in the re­port.

A nurs­ing home re­port pro­duced by the ADH on Sept. 22 showed sev­eral ac­tive cases at nurs­ing homes in Union County. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, there are five ac­tive cases at Ad­vanced Health and Re­hab of Union County, made up of three res­i­dent cases and two worker cases, along with four work­ers who have re­cov­ered from the virus; one ac­tive worker case at Court­yard Health­care and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, where 22 other work­ers and 28 res­i­dents re­cov­ered from the virus and seven res­i­dents died dur­ing a pre­vi­ous out­break; 61 ac­tive cases at Hudson Me­mo­rial Nurs­ing home, made up of 43 res­i­dent cases and 18 worker cases, along with 13 work­ers who have re­cov­ered from the virus; one ac­tive worker case at Oak Ridge Health and Re­hab; and four ac­tive res­i­dent cases at Tim­ber­lane Health and Re­hab, where eight work­ers and seven res­i­dents have re­cov­ered from the virus.

An ADH spokesper­son did not re­spond by presstime to a ques­tion about the gap be­tween ac­tive cases re­ported on the state’s COVID-19 dash­board, where cases, re­cov­er­ies, deaths, hos­pi­tal and test­ing in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided, and the nurs­ing home re­port.

In the South­west Public Health Re­gion, where Union County is lo­cated, 85 peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized due to COVID-19 Wed­nes­day, in­clud­ing 40 in in­ten­sive care units and 25 on ven­ti­la­tor sup­port.

The cu­mu­la­tive num­ber of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas grew by 982 Wed­nes­day to reach 77,963. The cases in Arkansas Wed­nes­day were made up of 75,646 con­firmed cases, up 874 from Tues­day; and 2,317 probable cases, up 108 from Tues­day.

There were 69,952 Arkansans con­sid­ered re­cov­ered Wed­nes­day, up 768 from Tues­day. The num­ber of ac­tive cases in the state grew to reach 6,777 Wed­nes­day, made up of 6,383 con­firmed cases and 394 probable cases. Ac­tive cases rep­re­sented 8.7% of all of Arkansas’ cases Wed­nes­day.

Twenty Arkansans’ deaths that were caused by COVID-19 were re­ported on Wed­nes­day, bring­ing the state’s death toll to 1,229, in­di­cat­ing a state COVID mor­tal­ity rate of 1.6%. There were 460 Arkansans hos­pi­tal­ized due to the virus on Wed­nes­day, in­clud­ing 221 in ICUs and 89 on ven­ti­la­tor sup­port.

Since the state be­gan test­ing for COVID-19, 916,400 test re­sults have been re­ported to the ADH, in­clud­ing 838,248 neg­a­tives, in­di­cat­ing a state COVID mor­tal­ity rate of 8.5%.

At 5:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity re­ported 6,933,872 COVID19 cases in the United States. Of those, 2,646,959 were con­sid­ered re­cov­ered, leav­ing 4,085,244 cases — 58.9% — ac­tive na­tion­wide. There had been 201,669 deaths at­trib­ut­able to the virus in the U.S. by Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, in­di­cat­ing a na­tional COVID mor­tal­ity rate of 2.9%.

Johns Hop­kins re­ported 31,746,219 COVID19 cases world­wide Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Of those, 21,799,884 were con­sid­ered re­cov­ered, leav­ing 8,972,816 cases — 28.3% — ac­tive around the world. There had been 973,519 deaths at­trib­ut­able to the virus by Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, in­di­cat­ing a global COVID mor­tal­ity rate of 3.1%.

Gov. Asa Hutchin­son re­ceives a flu vac­ci­na­tion from Nel­dia Dy­cus, a reg­is­tered nurse for the Arkansas Depart­ment of Health, in the gover­nor’s con­fer­ence room Wed­nes­day at the Capi­tol in Lit­tle Rock. (Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/Staci Vanda­griff)

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