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COVID-19 infection information for 21 South Arkansas and seven Northeast Texas counties, and eight North Louisiana parishes, from respective state health departments. The following figures for COVID-19 virus cases are current through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Today’s report reflects recent changes that the Arkansas Department of Health has made in how it reports COVID-19 figures to the press and general public. magnoliareporter.com is changing some of the information it reports.

We are dropping the number of cumulative tests conducted by county in favor of presenting percentages of infected individuals as determined by PCR or antigen tests. The figures for seven selected Arkansas counties will include the number of tests per 1,000 individuals, the PCR percent positive rate, and the antigen percent positive rate. PCR test results usually take a day or more to be reported to individuals. Antigen test results are instant and percentage of positive rates are much higher. This is because people referred for antigen tests through local health units have already shown signs of infection.

Arkansas figures are from the Arkansas Department of Health website. ADH has a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 1-800-803-7847 or email ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov. After normal business hours and weekend calls, call 1-800-554-5738. magnoliareporter.com encourages the public to get COVID-19 information from long-established and reliable sources of information, and not from social media sites or posts of people who lack medical expertise. CLICK HERE to see the Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 webpage for more information.

arkansascovid.com is an independent website that tracks the virus in Arkansas with easy-to-understand charts, graphs and text articles. CLICK HERE to see it.

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement tracks COVID-19 cases at the city level. CLICK HERE to see the website.

SOUTH ARKANSAS REPORTS BY COUNTY

These figures reflect changes since our last report at 6 p.m. Monday. Confirmed and probable cases in each category are combined into one number. (+) or (-) equals change since last report for Columbia and six nearest surrounding Arkansas counties.

Numbers may go up or down as individual cases are shifted between counties in light of new information. This list may vary from State of Arkansas’ daily update. Typographical errors on this chart are corrected in the following day’s list.

(Higher death counts in the totals below partially reflect 139 cases statewide added Tuesday by the Arkansas Department of Health, from deaths not previously identified as COVID-19 related).

                      Confirmed/    Confirmed/    No           Total          PRC/Antigen

                      Probable        Probable       Longer      Number    Tests Per 1,000

                      Cases             Active           Ill             Dead         Percentages

Columbia        348+3            26-4             304+7      18             178.1/ P8.1/ A51.7

Hempstead     344                4                  336           4              187.4/ P8.3/ A29.2

Lafayette        80                  2-1               76+1        2              133.5/ P8.7/ A33.3

Miller              725+3            56-8             658+10    11+1        150.6/ P10.8/ A39.6

Nevada           186+4            15+1            158+2      13+1        307.5/ P7.1/ A0

Ouachita         220+6            36-2             178+7       6+1         201.9/ P4.5/ A22.2

Union             816+15          51-7              733+15     31+6       213.9/ P9.5/A26.8

Raw totals only for other South Arkansas counties below with changes since last report not shown. Consult Arkansas Department of Health website for more information:

Ashley           403                 10                385            8

Bradley          324                 13                304           7+1

Calhoun         31                   6                  25             0

Chicot            977                 10                950           17+1

Clark              286                 26               256           4

Cleveland       164                 23                131          10+1

Dallas            154                 19                133           2

Desha            265                 17                243           5

Drew             336                  13                317          6+1

Howard          450                 15                427           8

Lincoln           1,792               173             1,604        15+2

Little River      331                 13                295          23+5

Pike                215                 23               189           3+1

Sevier            1,185               15               1,154        16 

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

Figures include self-reported positive tests and 100 percent remote community members:

Current active cases in isolation on SAU campus – 0

Current in quarantine on SAU campus – 4

Current active cases – 9 (6 students, 3 staff, 0 faculty)

Current total in quarantine – 47

Cumulative SAU positive cases since July 6 – 94

Total COVID-19 tests administered by SAU University Health Services since July 6 – 1,399

ARKANSAS STATEWIDE FIGURES

Total COVID-19 cases – 70,125

Current active cases – 5,703

Arkansas Department of Health county units are conducting rapid antigen testing for students, teachers and suspected COVID-19 cases. The statewide antigen testing on September 13 – 21 positive, 586 negative, 3.5 percent positive rate.

Recoveries – 63,415

Deaths – 1,003

Currently hospitalized – 389

Number on ventilators – 68

PRC tests this month – 102,808

PRC tests yesterday – 5,852

Total negative cases – 774,068

Total tests reported – 845,788. Arkansas’ current total population is about 3,030,000.

NORTH LOUISIANA REPORT

Louisiana state figures from state Department of Health and Hospitals.

Northwest Louisiana Reports by Parish

                     Positive     Known

                     Cases         Deaths

Caddo            7,929         337

Bossier           2,952         103

Webster         1,147          21

Claiborne        476           18

Bienville          445           32

Union              919           41

Lincoln            1,048        44

Ouachita          5,896       138

Total cases – 158,318

Presumed recoveries – 140,440

Deaths – 5,108

Hospitalizations – 667

Patients on ventilators -- 99

NORTHEAST TEXAS REPORT

Texas state figures from Department of State Health Services.

Northeast Texas Reports by County

                      Positive     Known

                      Cases        Deaths

Bowie             1,167        46

Cass               283          14

Marion            147          13

Harrison          838         30

Red River        157          14

Titus               1,410       28

Morris             174          3

Total cases – 668,746

Active cases – 68,483

Deaths – 14,343

Recoveries – 585,912

National figures from Johns Hopkins University:

Total cases – 6,606,562

Recoveries – 2,495,127

U.S. deaths – 195,942

Global cases – 29,584,330

Global deaths – 935,228

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