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COVID-19 update: First death in county since April 20

May 26, 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 Tuesday on the Arkansas Department of Health's website:

• 266,110 cumulative confirmed cases, up 189 from Monday.

• 137.43 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 3.86 from Monday.

• 3,041,698 PCR test reports, up 2,530 from Monday.

• 8.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Monday.

• 74,405 cumulative probable cases, up 140 from Monday.

• 14.5% cumulative antigen infection rate, no change from Monday.

• 2,617,750 vaccine doses received, up 5,390 from Monday.

• 1,941,400 doses given, up 9,378 from Monday.

• 200 hospitalizations, up five from Monday.

• 37 cases on a ventilator, down two from Monday.

• 90 ICU patients, down two from Monday.

• 4,621 confirmed deaths, up three from Monday.

• 1,203 probable deaths, up one from Monday.

• 2,089 nursing home deaths, no change from Monday.

• 8,650 cumulative confirmed cases in Garland County, up 23 from Monday.

• 10.86 rolling seven-day average of new confirmed cases, up 1.57 from Monday.

• 117,796 PCR and antigen test reports, up 115 from Monday.

• 89,666 private lab reports, up 114 from Monday.

• 28,130 public lab reports, up one from Monday.

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

• 94 active confirmed cases in Garland County, up 20 from Monday.

• 8,345 recoveries of confirmed in Garland County, up two from Monday.

• 1,646 cumulative probable cases in Garland County, up 13 from Monday.

• 49 active probable cases in Garland County, up 24 from Monday.

• 211 confirmed deaths, up one from Monday.

• 49 probable deaths, no change from Monday.

Garland County's rolling seven-day average of new polymerase chain reaction-confirmed cases reached double digits Tuesday for the first time since March 16 on the strength of the 23 new PCR-confirmed cases reported Tuesday.

The county's moving average has risen 300% in the last nine days, with 20 or more cases reported two of the last six days. The 94 active confirmed cases reported Tuesday were the most since March 14.

The confirmed death of a county resident reported Tuesday was the first confirmed death reported in the county since April 20.

The county's infection curve is rising as the state is working to improve vaccination rates, announcing Tuesday that the newly vaccinated are eligible for free Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets and hunting and fishing licenses.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said starting June 1, people who get vaccinated from Tuesday forward can present their vaccine card at one of the Health Department's more than 70 local health units and receive a free $20 scratch-off ticket or gift certificates for fishing and small game hunting licenses.

The $20 scratch-off is a $1 million Spectacular Ticket. Lottery Director J. Eric Hagler said two $1 million prizes are still available, along with $19 million in cash prizes.

"You could be Arkansas' next millionaire," Hagler said Tuesday at the governor's weekly briefing. "This is one of our most popular games. We felt like to incentivize individuals to participate in the program you have to give some value. This was premium value. This is what we consider to be a premium game."

Hagler said the odds of winning a prize are one in three.

"If you scratch it and it doesn't win, go to (http://www.myarkansaslottery.com) and enter your ticket number for a second chance to win $1 million. You have to be 18 to play."

Hutchinson said the Department of Health spent $2 million to buy 50,000 lottery tickets from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and 50,000 hunting and fishing certificates from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

"If it's successful, we can increase that funding and put more resources into it," he said.

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