The infection curve rose for the 21st straight day Wednesday, and a record number of new cases was reported for the fifth time in nine days.
The rolling seven-day average of new cases peaked for the 11th straight day, and active cases peaked for the 17th straight day. The moving average has risen 670% since Christmas, and active cases have risen 609% over that time.
Garland County's infection curve fell Tuesday for the first time since Dec. 26 but was up again Wednesday, with 223 new cases reported in the county. It was the second most new cases reported in a single day, trailing only the 262 reported Aug. 19.
Active cases reported in the county reached a new peak Wednesday, surpassing the previous peak reached Aug. 14 by 15%.
The county's cumulative polymerase chain reaction-confirmed infection rate has risen half a percentage point since the start of the year despite above-average testing numbers.
The state's cumulative PCR infection rate has risen seven-tenths of a percentage point since the start of the year. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that the state's rolling seven-day average of positivity was 30%, one of the highest in the country.
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:
• 640,799 cumulative cases, up 10,974 from Tuesday.
• 7,453.86 rolling seven-day average of new cases, up 498 from Tuesday.
• 4,582,091 PCR test reports, up 16,818 from Tuesday.
• 10.1% cumulative PCR infection rate, up from 10.0% Tuesday.
• 71,132 active cases, up 6,397 from Tuesday.
• 16,860 active juvenile cases, up 2,608 from Tuesday.
• 560,086 recoveries, up 4,558 from Tuesday.
• 4,743,670 vaccine doses received, up 18,200 from Tuesday.
• 1,185 hospitalizations, up 37 from Tuesday.
• 167 cases on ventilators, up four from Tuesday.
• 347 ICU patients, up eight from Tuesday.
• 9,372 deaths, up 14 from Tuesday.
• 2,310 nursing home deaths, up two from Tuesday.
• 18,127 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 223 from Tuesday
• 142.86 rolling seven-day average of new cases, up 11.72 from Tuesday.
• 176,946 PCR and antigen test reports, up 850 from Tuesday.
• 10.6% cumulative PCR infection rate, up from 10.5% Tuesday.
• 1,276 active cases in Garland County, up 175 from Tuesday.
• 16,417 recoveries in Garland County, up 47 from Tuesday.
• 434 deaths, up one from Tuesday.