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 Friday on the Arkansas Department of Health's website:
• 267,147 cumulative confirmed cases, up 160 from Thursday.
• 90.14 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 5.43 from Thursday.
• 3,063,758 PCR test reports, up 3,024 from Thursday.
• 8.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.
• 74,995 cumulative probable cases, up 93 from Thursday.
• 14.4% cumulative antigen infection rate, down from 14.5% Thursday.
• 334,489 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 176 from Thursday.
• 1,746 active confirmed and probable cases, up 73 from Thursday.
• 2,651,460 vaccine doses received, up 4,240 from Thursday.
• 2,000,804 doses given, up 7,651 from Thursday.
• 178 hospitalizations, down two from Thursday.
• 36 cases on a ventilator, down two from Thursday.
• 80 ICU patients, up two from Thursday.
• 4,639 confirmed deaths, up four from Thursday.
• 1,206 probable deaths, down one from Thursday.
• 2,092 nursing home deaths, up one from Thursday.
• 8,692 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up six from Thursday.
• 4.29 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 0.58 from Thursday.
• 118,574 PCR and antigen test reports, up 143 from Thursday.
• 90,426 private lab reports, up 144 from Thursday.
• 28,148 public lab reports, down one from Thursday.
• 8.4% cumulative PCR infection rate, down from 8.5% Thursday.
• 48 active confirmed cases in Garland County, no change from Thursday.
• 8,430 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up four from Thursday.
• 1,664 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, up four from Thursday.
• 18 active probable cases in Garland County, up two from Thursday.
• 214 confirmed deaths, up two from Thursday.
• 49 probable deaths, no change from Thursday.
The two confirmed deaths added to Garland County's death toll Friday matched the number reported in May, marking the first time since April 20 that multiple deaths were added in a single day.
The county's polymerase chain reaction-confirmed infection curve rose for the third straight day Friday on the strength of the 16 PCR-confirmed cases added Thursday and Friday. Friday's 4.29 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases was 60% lower than the spring 2021 peak reported May 25. The 110.71 moving average Jan. 11 was the peak of the county's infection curve.
The county's moving average was 0.43 at this time last year.
Active confirmed and probable cases reported statewide rose for a third straight day Friday after falling Tuesday to their lowest level since the state began reporting probable cases late last summer. Active cases peaked at 27,882 on Jan. 9 and have fallen 93% since the start of the year.