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:
• 270,430 cumulative confirmed cases, up 192 from Thursday.
• 183.14 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 2.29 from Thursday.
• 3,113,926 PCR test reports, up 2,520 from Thursday.
• 8.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.
• 76,824 cumulative probable cases, up 110 from Thursday.
• 14.2% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Thursday.
• 2,911 active confirmed and probable cases, up 61 from Thursday.
• 338,379 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 238 from Thursday.
• 2,688,340 vaccine doses received, no change from Thursday.
• 2,105,902 doses given, up 5,140 from Thursday.
• 291 hospitalizations, up nine from Thursday.
• 67 cases on a ventilator, down three from Thursday.
• 125 ICU admissions, no change from Thursday.
• 4,680 confirmed deaths, up three from Thursday.
• 1,213 probable deaths, no change from Thursday.
• 2,092 nursing home deaths, no change from Thursday.
• 8,780 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up two from Thursday.
• 4.71 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 0.15 from Thursday.
• 120,368 PCR test reports, up 56 from Thursday.
• 92,174 private lab reports, up 52 from Thursday.
• 28,194 public lab reports, up four from Thursday.
• 8.5% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.
• 45 active confirmed cases in Garland County, no change from Thursday.
• 8,520 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up two from Thursday.
• 1,700 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, no change from Thursday.
• 19 active probable cases in Garland County, down one from Thursday.
• 215 confirmed deaths, no no change from Thursday.
• 49 probable deaths, no change from Thursday.
Representatives from CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and National Park Medical Center said most of their new COVID-19 patients are younger than 60, according to a city of Hot Springs news release from Monday's Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force meeting.
The hospitals said they had nine COVID-19 patients. They also said visitors have become more resistant to mask directives conspicuously posted throughout the facilities.
"An NPMC spokesperson shared that even though there are signs in place explaining that face masks are required, they have had people become angry and almost want to fight over it," the release said. "Similarly, the Garland County Health Unit has been giving away a lot of masks because many individuals are walking in without face masks."
Act 1002 passed earlier this year by the Legislature prohibits the state's executive branch and its agencies, as well as cities and counties, from issuing face-covering directives. The statute doesn't apply to private businesses, state-owned or state-controlled health care facilities, the Department of Correction and Division of Youth Services.
The new law takes effect next month.
"Businesses, and especially health care facilities, have the right to enforce mask mandates on their properties," Hot Springs Fire Chief Ed Davis, the local task force's coordinator, told the task force.