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:
• 248,996 cumulative confirmed cases, up 141 from Wednesday.
• 343.86 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 83.28 from Wednesday.
• 2,595,004 PCR test reports, up 1,573 from Wednesday.
• 9.6% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Wednesday.
• 691,525 vaccine doses received, up 15,000 from Wednesday.
• 466,216 doses given, up 4,075 from Wednesday.
• 65,449 cumulative probable cases, up 112 from Wednesday.
• 18.2% cumulative antigen infection rate, down from 18.3% Wednesday.
• 7,323 active confirmed and probable cases, down 916 from Wednesday.
• 301,772 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 1,159 from Wednesday.
• 625 hospitalizations, up 23 from Wednesday.
• 107 cases on a ventilator, down one from Wednesday.
• 241 ICU admissions, down nine from Wednesday.
• 4,276 confirmed deaths, up eight from Wednesday.
• 1,047 probable deaths, up two from Wednesday.
• 2,002 nursing home deaths, up two from Wednesday.
• 8,017 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up 10 from Wednesday.
• 32 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases in Garland County, down 2.86 from Wednesday.
• 93,989 PCR and antigen test reports, up 40 from Wednesday.
• 69,871 private lab reports, up 39 from Wednesday.
• 24,118 public lab reports, up one from Wednesday.
• 9.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Wednesday.
• 314 active confirmed cases in Garland County, down 40 from Wednesday.
• 7,514 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up 50 from Wednesday.
• 1,429 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, down one from Wednesday.
• 74 active probable cases in Garland County, down 18 from Wednesday.
• 189 confirmed deaths, no change from Wednesday.
• 40 probable deaths, no change from Wednesday.
Garland County led Wednesday's case report with 100 new polymerase chain reaction-confirmed cases and probable cases, accounting for 15% of the 665 new infections reported statewide Wednesday.
The 10 new infections reported in the county Thursday ranked fourth statewide. Only 40 PCR and antigen test reports were added to the county's testing total Thursday. Sixteen public lab reports have been added since Sunday. Those reports are generally from specimens collected at the county health unit on Malvern Avenue.
The county's rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases has fallen 71% since peaking Jan. 11. Its cumulative PCR-confirmed infection rate has risen 14% over that time.
The state received its first shipment of vaccine doses Wednesday since Feb. 12.
"Our vaccine numbers have slowed over the past few days, and we anticipate these numbers to increase once the roads clear up throughout the state," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday in a news release. "We hope that vaccine uptake will continue among those who are eligible. I ask that, once it's your turn, you roll up your sleeve and help protect your community."
A National Center for Health Statistics report released Thursday showed the country's life expectancy at birth fell from 78.8 years to 77.8 years during the first half of 2020, a decline the NCHS said was likely attributed to the pandemic. Life expectancy for women fell from 81.4 years to 80.5. Male life expectancy fell from 76.3 years to 75.1.
The non-Hispanic Black population's life expectancy decreased from 74.7 years to 72.0. The Hispanic population's life expectancy fell from 81.8 to 79.9.