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COVID-19 update: Rolling average continues to fall

by David Showers | February 12, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). - Image by CDC via The Associated Press

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:

• 246,589 cumulative confirmed cases, up 724 from Wednesday.

• 804.29 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 167.14 from Wednesday.

• 2,563,275 PCR test reports, up 11,021 from Wednesday.

• 9.6% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Wednesday.

• 621,075 vaccine doses received, up 19,000 from Wednesday.

• 420,570 doses given, up 15,875 from Wednesday.

• 64,454 cumulative probable cases, up 379 from Wednesday.

• 18.8% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Wednesday.

• 13,518 active confirmed and probable cases, down 672 from Wednesday.

• 292,298 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 1,750 from Wednesday.

• 712 hospitalizations, down 23 from Wednesday.

• 117 cases on a ventilator, down 21 from Wednesday.

• 256 ICU admissions, down 27 from Wednesday.

• 4,165 confirmed deaths, up 21 from Wednesday.

• 1,034 probable deaths, up four from Wednesday.

• 1,981 nursing home deaths, up eight from Wednesday.

• 7,793 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up 30 from Wednesday.

• 39.86 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 24 from Wednesday.

• 92,081 PCR and antigen test reports, up 400 from Wednesday.

• 68,281 private lab reports, up 308 from Wednesday.

• 23,800 public lab reports, up 92 from Wednesday.

• 9.6% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Wednesday.

• 418 active confirmed cases in Garland County, down 31 from Wednesday.

• 7,195 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up 60 from Wednesday.

• 1,399 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, up 10 from Wednesday.

• 124 active probable cases in Garland County, down one from Wednesday.

• 180 confirmed deaths, up one from Wednesday.

• 39 probable deaths, no change from Wednesday.

The county's rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases has fallen 53% since Tuesday. The 18 new confirmed cases reported Wednesday replaced the 167 reported the previous Wednesday in the moving average. The 30 new confirmed cases reported Thursday replaced the record 198 reported the previous Thursday.

The statewide moving average has fallen 29% since Tuesday. Thursday's average of new confirmed cases was 35% lower than the previous Thursday's, falling to its lowest point since early November.

"For the second day in a row, we see a decrease of over 50% in new cases from last week," Gov. Asa Hutchinson, referring to the 1,103 new confirmed and probable cases reported Thursday and the 2,469 reported the previous Thursday, said Thursday in a news release. "Vaccine administration has progressed throughout the state, with an increase of over 94,000 since last week. We must continue doing our part in this fight."

The latest news release from the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force said the Garland County Health Unit, 1425 Malvern Ave., provided tests for 134 individuals last week.

People who want to be tested need to call ahead to schedule an appointment at 501-624-3394.

"When arriving for an appointment for COVID testing, individuals should park their vehicle in a parking space reserved by a numbered cone, stay inside their vehicle and call to inform the representatives which number is indicated on the cone," the release said.

The local health units do not currently have the COVID vaccine available, but are still providing the 2020 flu vaccination on a walk-in basis to those who would like to receive it, it said.

The health unit is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tuesday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The United Way of the Ouachitas continues to have an application for COVID-19 assistance for area families and individuals affected by the pandemic online at https://www.unitedwayouachitas.org/covid-19-application, the task force release said.

To donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, visit www.bit.ly/UWO-COVID, call 501-623-2505 or send a check by mail at 233 Hobson Ave., Hot Springs AR 71913.

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