The third wave of the state's pandemic continues to swell higher than the previous two, with the state reporting a record number of new cases for the fourth straight day Friday.
The infection curve rose for the 16th straight day and peaked for the sixth straight day, rising 468% since Christmas. The active case count peaked for the fourth straight day and has quadrupled since Christmas.
The state and Garland County's cumulative polymerase chain reaction-confirmed infection rates rose one-tenth of a percentage point for the second straight day. Positive cases as a percent of all test reports since the pandemic began almost two years ago have risen in recent weeks despite above average testing over that time.
Triple-digit new cases were reported for the fourth straight day Friday in Garland County, putting the county's rolling seven-day average of new cases close to the level it reached during the second wave that hit last summer. The county's moving average has risen 438% since Christmas, and active cases have risen 288% over that time.
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 Friday on the Health Department's website:
• 604,843 cumulative cases, up 8,434 from Thursday.
• 5,479.51 rolling seven-day average of new cases, up 639.51 from Thursday.
• 4,513,912 PCR test reports, up 16,343 from Thursday.
• 9.7% cumulative PCR infection rate, up from 9.6% Thursday.
• 50,710 active cases, up 6,541 from Thursday.
• 9,621 active juvenile cases, up 1,632 from Thursday.
• 544,639 recoveries, up 1,873 from Thursday.
• 4,651,140 vaccine doses received, up 205,200 from Thursday.
• 3,751,792 doses given, up 10,071 from Thursday.
• 933 hospitalizations, up 41 from Thursday.
• 135 cases on ventilators, up eight from Thursday.
• 279 ICU patients, up 11 from Thursday.
• 9,298 deaths, up 20 from Thursday.
• 2,307 nursing home deaths, up two from Thursday.
• 17,461 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 146 from Thursday.
• 99.85 rolling seven-day average of new cases, up 14.85 from Thursday.
• 174,401 PCR and antigen test reports, up 507 from Thursday.
• 10.4% cumulative PCR infection rate, up from 10.3% Thursday.
• 773 active cases in Garland County, up 121 from Thursday.
• 16,256 recoveries in Garland County, up 24 from Thursday.
• 432 deaths, up one from Thursday.