As a service to our readers, The Sentinel-Record publishes updates released by the city of Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas.
The following stats were posted Thursday on the Arkansas Department of Health website:
• 261,043 cumulative confirmed cases, up 216 from Wednesday.
• 119.57 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 9.28 from Wednesday.
• 2,918,189 PCR test reports, up 6,031 from Wednesday.
• 8.9% cumulative PCR infection rate, down from 9.0% Wednesday.
• 71,906 cumulative probable cases, up 67 from Wednesday.
• 15.6% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Wednesday.
• 1,843 active confirmed and probable cases, up 128 from Wednesday.
• 325,369 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 148 from Wednesday.
• 2,141,570 vaccine doses received, up 4,100 from Wednesday.
• 1,478,452 doses given, up 25,630 from Wednesday.
• 153 hospitalizations, up two from Wednesday.
• 18 cases on a ventilator, down two from Wednesday.
• 57 ICU patients, no change from Wednesday.
• 4,520 confirmed deaths, up two from Wednesday.
• 1,166 probable deaths, up four from Wednesday.
• 2,068 nursing home deaths, up one from Wednesday.
• 8,477 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up 10 from Wednesday.
• 2.14 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 0.85 from Wednesday.
• 113,502 PCR and antigen test reports, up 198 from Wednesday.
• 85,746 private lab reports, up 100 from Wednesday.
• 27,756 public lab reports, 90 from Wednesday.
• 8.6% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Wednesday.
• 26 active confirmed cases in Garland County, up seven from Wednesday.
• 8,244 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up three from Wednesday.
• 1,595 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, no change from Wednesday.
• Three active probable cases in Garland County, no change from Wednesday.
• 206 confirmed deaths, down one from Wednesday.
• 49 probable deaths, no change from Wednesday.
The 216 new polymerase chain reaction-confirmed cases reported Thursday were the most since March 12, raising the PCR-confirmed infection curve for a fifth straight day.
Thursday's rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases was the highest of the month.
The average has risen 24% since Saturday.
Active confirmed and probable cases rose for the third straight day Thursday, reaching their highest level of the month.
PCR-confirmed cases reported Thursday in Garland County reached double digits for the first time since March 25.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said earlier this week that the state is at a "crossroads."
Its infection curve could continue to trace to the steady descent it's followed since peaking in early January, he said, or trace the steep ascent that started in other states two months ago.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that almost 4 million Americans received the Janssen vaccine in the last six to 13 days, the time period when about a half a dozen women got blood clots after taking the single-shot vaccine developed by Johnson and Johnson's pharmaceutical division.
All states are following the CDC and Food and Drug Administration's recommendation to suspend use of the vaccine until more is learned about the cause of the clotting and how to treat it.