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 website:
• 257,954 cumulative confirmed cases, up 155 from Thursday.
• 155.71 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 27.15 from Thursday.
• 2,804,807 PCR test reports, up 5,388 from Thursday.
• 9.2% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.
• 70,319 cumulative probable cases, up 73 from Thursday.
• 16.6% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Thursday.
• 2,663 active confirmed and probable cases, down 71 from Thursday.
• 1,398,920 vaccine doses received, up 38,140 from Thursday.
• 831,035 doses given, up 16,005 from Thursday.
• 233 hospitalizations, down 12 from Thursday.
• 50 cases on a ventilator, up three from Thursday.
• 100 ICU patients, down seven from Thursday.
• 4,413 confirmed deaths, up nine from Thursday.
• 1,116 probable deaths, up five from Thursday.
• 2,040 nursing home deaths, up six from Thursday.
• 8,379 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up one from Thursday.
• 4.86 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down five from Thursday.
• 108,749 PCR and antigen test reports, up 337 from Thursday.
• 82,214 private lab reports, up 188 from Thursday.
• 26,535 public lab reports, up 149 from Thursday.
• 8.8% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Thursday.
• 70 active confirmed cases in Garland County, down nine from Thursday.
• 8,108 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up nine from Thursday.
• 1,585 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, no change from Thursday.
• Eight active probable cases in Garland County, down one from Thursday.
• 201 confirmed deaths, up one from Thursday.
• 48 probable deaths, up one from Thursday
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order Friday extending the filing and payment deadline for individual state income taxes from April 15 to May 17.
The order mirrors the extension the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service granted for federal tax filings and payments earlier this week.
"Pushing back the due date for state income tax is a simple way to help Arkansans in light of the extension of the federal tax deadline. " Hutchinson said Friday in a news release. "The number of our COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continues to decline, and Arkansas is quickly rebounding. As the economy and our unemployment rate continue to improve, we will do all we can to help Arkansans to recover during the public health crisis."
The one new polymerase chain reaction-confirmed case reported Friday in Garland County dropped its infection curve to its lowest level since June 24. The one new case replaced the 36 reported the previous Friday in the rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases.
Friday was the seventh day in a row new confirmed cases were in the single digits. New cases have been in the single digits 17 out of the last 21 days.
Preliminary findings from a study British researchers published earlier this week showed a single dose of Pfizer and AstraZeneca's messenger RNA-based vaccines reduced the risk of hospitalization for people 70 and older by 80% compared to those of a similar age who haven't been vaccinated.
The United Kingdom has been delaying booster doses by about three months to increase vaccination coverage, whereas the United States and other countries are giving the second dose of the two-shot regimen within a few weeks.