COVID-19 Hot Springs Updates
With the rapidly evolving scenarios associated with the spread of the COVID-19, the City of Hot Springs strives to keep our community abreast of all updates related to our local task force, City and City department updates and any information that may be of assistance.
Below are the most recent COVID-19 press releases and updates from the City, Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force, and the State of Arkansas, as well as links to release/update archives.
(07/02/20) Single-day case record set with 878 new COVID-19 cases
The following statistics were shared Thursday at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 news conference in Little Rock and posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website:
- 22,075 total confirmed cases, up 878 from 21,197 on Wednesday.
- 6,098 active cases, up 341 from Wednesday.
- 15,698 recoveries, up 535 from Wednesday.
- 279 deaths, up two from Wednesday.
- 272 cases requiring hospitalization, down three from Wednesday.
- 69 cases requiring a ventilator, down three from Wednesday.
- 267 cases in Garland County, up 14 from Wednesday.
- 81 active cases in Garland County, up six from Wednesday.
- 185 recoveries in Garland County, up eight from Wednesday.
- 1 death in Garland County, no change from Wednesday.
The 878 new cases reported in the past 24 hours is a single-day record case count, and it is more than double than the total reported yesterday. At least 150 of the total are from correctional facilities. The counties with the highest number of new cases are Hot Spring (151; most, if not all, are from the Ouachita River Unit correctional facility), Washington (117), Pulaski (98), Lee (69), Benton (75), Sebastian (55), Faulkner (35) and Crawford (23). There were a total of 7,089 test results reported in the past 24 hours.
Hutchinson announced that absentee voting will be enacted for the November 3 elections. Anyone with health concerns related to COVID-19 can request and vote via an absentee ballot. The deadline to register to vote for before the November election is October 5. To receive an application for an absentee ballot, contact the county clerk’s office or go to sos.arkansas.gov, under the “Elections” tab. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is October 27. Ballots can be obtained in person until November 2, and completed absentee ballots must be received by 7:30 p.m. on election day. For those who go to polling sites, the state is ordering disposable stylus pens so voters. There will be two weeks of early voting.
Coming into the July 4 weekend, the governor shared that the state will have canvassers out on various ballot initiatives this weekend. He encouraged everyone to wear a mask and take safety precautions. Some of the canvassers will be from out of state, and some from Arizona, he said. [Read previous statewide updates]
Following Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on June 22, where case numbers had stabilized, data from the past week shared at the June 29 meeting showed an upward trend with 50 new cases.
Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby shared the updated statistics, including an active case total of 69. This is an increase of 44 from the same time last week. There is a total of 77 individuals the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is monitoring in Garland County, which includes the active cases and close contacts. Testing in the county was much higher the past week, according to Shelby, with a total of 866 test results reported. This is up from 567 the week before. The positivity rate, though, also increased to 5.8%. Garland County had been averaging a positivity rate between 1-2%.
In terms of the age ranges among the newly reported cases, Shelby said the biggest increase was among the 65-and-older group with 27 new cases, which accounts for 35% of the active cases (up from 30% on June 22). The 25-44 age group accounts for 33% of the active cases; the 45-64 group is at 19%; and the under 25 group is at 13%.
Garland County Judge Darryl Mahoney said that with the age ranges experiencing higher numbers of new active cases, it seems that the county may have had a surge in nursing home testing in the past week. Both Shelby and Mahoney expressed concerns that our older and most vulnerable population group saw the largest increase in new cases. Mahoney added that some of the new cases may also be those who live in Garland County but work at the Arkansas Department of Corrections’ Ouachita River Unit outside of Malvern.
Shelby said that the case data available to him from the Arkansas Department of Health does not designate residents of the county versus those residing within Hot Springs’ city limits, so it is unclear exactly where the new cases are coming from. He was able to see that there are five active cases in Hot Springs Village, which is up four from the June 22 report. Susan Lester of the Garland County Health Unit shared that there are currently two nurses at their location conducting contact tracing for ADH, and there are an additional eight contact tracers coming soon. These localized tracers may help provide more specific information regarding locations and trends among the Garland County cases. [Read the full story]
Drive-thru Evaluation Sites in Garland County
- Convenient Care Clinic (100 McGowan Court, Hot Springs): 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
- Convenient Care Clinic (4419 Hwy 7 North, Hot Springs Village): 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday
- Garland County Health Unit (1425 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs): 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday; call 501-624-3394 to schedule an appointment
- Healthy Connections (3604 Central Avenue, Hot Springs): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; schedule appointment by calling 888-710-8220; no out-of-pocket cost, but insurance may be billed
- Healthy Connections (1723 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; schedule appointment by calling 888-710-8220; no out-of-pocket cost, but insurance may be billed
- First Care Walk-In Clinic (120 Adcock Road, Garland County): 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday
- Walmart (1601 Albert Pike Road): online evaluation and scheduling at www.DoINeedACOVID19Test.com or call 1-800-635-8611.
Download a PDF flyer of the testing sites in Garland County to print/display/share.
Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Call Center
(8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
ADH Call Center
(8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Community Service Assistance
Call Arkansas 2-1-1
2-1-1 is a free telephone service that connects individuals in need to important community services in the state of Arkansas.
Serving eight counties in the Ouachita Region, the guide lists up-to-date information for an array of services available.
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Unemployment Hotline
(6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday)
Family / Personal Wellbeing
Child Abuse Hotline
Mental Health and Addiction Services Support Line
(8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline