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COVID-19 update

May 4, 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 Monday on the Arkansas Department of Health website:

• 263,236 cumulative confirmed cases, up 44 from Sunday.

• 134.71 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 1.15 from Sunday.

• 2,978,739 PCR test reports, up 1,205 from Sunday.

• 8.8% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Sunday.

• 72,930 cumulative probable cases, up 17 from Sunday.

• 15.3% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Sunday.

• 1,939 active confirmed and probable cases, down 116 from Sunday.

• 328,424 recoveries of confirmed and probable cases, up 173 from Sunday.

• 2,524,370 vaccine doses received, no change from Sunday.

• 1,740,638 doses given, up 4,479 from Sunday.

• 172 hospitalizations, up one from Sunday.

• 29 cases on a ventilator, up three from Sunday.

• 78 ICU patients, up three from Sunday.

• 4,565 confirmed deaths, up four from Sunday.

• 1,182 probable deaths, no change from Sunday.

• 2,077 nursing home deaths, up two from Sunday.

• 8,524 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up one from Sunday.

• 3.57 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, down 0.29 from Sunday.

• 115,607 PCR and antigen test reports, up 18 from Sunday.

• 87,518 private lab reports, up 17 from Sunday.

• 28,089 public lab reports, up one from Sunday.

• 8.5% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Sunday.

• 33 active confirmed cases in Garland County, no change from Sunday.

• 8,281 recoveries of confirmed cases in Garland County, up one from Sunday.

• Six active probable cases in Garland County, no change from Sunday.

• 210 confirmed deaths, no change from Sunday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Sunday.

No new polymerase chain reaction-confirmed cases were reported in Garland County over the weekend, as 127 PCR and antigen test reports were added to the county's test total.

The number of active and confirmed cases the Health Department was tracking statewide Saturday and Sunday surpassed 2,000 for the first time since March 27. The count dropped below 2,000 again Monday.

The state's rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases reached its highest level Sunday since April 21. The more than 25,000 vaccine injections the state reported Saturday and Sunday were more than 33% fewer than the first weekend in April and 43% fewer than the previous weekend.

Data Moody's Analytics reported showed the workforce participation rate of mothers with children 13 and younger fell almost 4% from January 2020 to the end of March. The drop for women with no young children approached 4% during the second quarter of last year but was lower than 2% at the end of this year's first quarter.

Men with young children had the smallest drop in workforce participation, falling just over 1% from January 2020 to the end of March.

Moody's attributed the larger decline for women to public health measures that closed schools and day care centers, forcing women to quit jobs and stay home with their children.

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