The 675 new cases the Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday were the most in almost four weeks, raising the state's infection curve 23%.
Wednesday's new cases were the most since the 714 reported Oct. 15, pushing the rolling seven-day average of new cases to its highest point since Oct. 26. Active cases increased by 177, the biggest jump since the increase of 214 reported Sept. 9.
Garland County had its highest new case count in two weeks Wednesday. The 16 new infections were the most since the 17 reported Oct. 28 and the third double-digit increase in two weeks. Active cases increased by eight, the biggest increase in two weeks.
As a service to our readers, The Sentinel-Record publishes updates released by the city of Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Health is no longer reporting confirmed and probable cases separately. The following stats were posted Wednesday on the Health Department's website:
• 517,675 cumulative cases, up 675 from Tuesday.
• 448 rolling seven-day average of new cases, up 18.43 from Tuesday.
• 4,136,058 PCR test reports, up 6,109 from Tuesday.
• 9.2% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Tuesday.
• 4,537 active cases, up 177 from Tuesday.
• 1,230 active juvenile cases, up 57 from Tuesday.
• 504,468 recoveries, up 494 from Tuesday.
• 4,224,100 vaccine doses received, up 23,480 from Tuesday.
• 3,234,716 doses given, up 12,783 from Tuesday.
• 296 hospitalizations, up eight from Tuesday.
• 66 cases on ventilators, up three from Tuesday.
• 127 ICU patients, down two from Tuesday.
• 8,525 deaths, up three from Tuesday.
• 2,258 nursing home deaths, no change from Tuesday.
• 16,054 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 16 from Tuesday.
• 6.29 rolling seven-day average of new cases, up 1.44 from Tuesday.
• 162,346 PCR and antigen test reports, up 186 from Tuesday.
• 10.2% cumulative PCR infection rate, no change from Tuesday.
• 60 active cases in Garland County, up eight from Tuesday.
• 15,597 recoveries, up eight from Tuesday.
• 397 deaths, no change from Tuesday.