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.
(10/18/21) 126 active cases in Garland County
The following statistics for Monday, October 18, were posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:
- 15,876 cumulative cases in Garland County, up one from Sunday.
- 126 active cases in Garland County, down 10 from Sunday.
- 15,366 recoveries in Garland County, up 11 from Sunday.
- 382 deaths in Garland County, no change from Sunday.
(10/11/21) HS/GC COVID Task Force: Garland County’s hospitalizations dropping along with overall COVID numbers
The downward trend of new and active COVID-19 cases continues for Garland County, and the number of COVID patients in the two Hot Springs hospitals dropped from 35 to 23 this past week.
Representatives from CHI St. Vincent and National Park Medical Center both reported at the Oct. 11 meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force that COVID admissions slowed down over the past week. Between the two hospitals, a total of seven of the 23 COVID patients were in intensive care as of Monday morning, and four required the use of ventilation. An additional three patients were being treated, but were beyond the 20-day mark since their COVID diagnosis and were no longer in isolation. Of those, one was in the ICU and on ventilation.
Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby’s COVID statistic report for the week of Oct. 3 – 10 had the total number of new positive cases at 108, or 15.4 per day, compared with the previous week’s 130, or 18.6 per day. However, the county had the lowest number of reported tests done, at 1,234, since July 12, 2021. Thus, the positivity rate rose to 8.6% from the previous week’s 5.1%. The active cases dropped by 88 from 230 last week to 142 at the time of the meeting. Shelby said this is the lowest number of active cases the county has had since June 20, 2021. Like the previous week, there were again six COVID-related deaths reported in the county last week.
“As a reminder of how deadly a disease this is, we had only recorded 112 deaths at this time last year. So, 266 of our fellow residents of Garland County have died in the past year. This represents 2.66% of our total population, or 1 out of every 376 people,” said Shelby.
The number of COVID cases in the county’s public school systems rose from the previous week’s total of 18 cases to 25. Cutter Morning Star School District reported no cases or quarantines. Fountain Lake School District reported two active student cases, in their middle school, and three students in quarantine. Hot Springs School District reported two active student cases and two active staff cases. Jessieville School District reported six active student cases, also in their middle school, and one active staff case; they had 44 students in quarantine. Lake Hamilton School District reported eight active student cases and one active staff case; they had 17 students in quarantine. Lakeside School District reported two active student cases and one active staff case. Mountain Pine School District reported no active cases or quarantines.
National Park College reported three active cases and one student in quarantine.
Cody Turner, pharmacist at Village Health Mart East Gate Pharmacy who is helping coordinate and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, said their COVID testing was down, with 11 tests last week compared to 40 the week before. They have around 2,000 COVID vaccine booster shots scheduled this week, along with around 1,000 flu vaccines. To schedule a COVID or flu vaccine, or to schedule monoclonal antibody treatment, visit www.eastgatepharmacy.com. Both area hospitals and other area pharmacies, including Healthy Connections (https://healthy-connections.org/monoclonal), are also offering the monoclonal antibody treatment.
LifeNet reported that their call volumes are back to normal, or to what they were before the recent COVID spike, as well as their wait times to move the patient off the ambulance stretcher and into a hospital bed.
The Garland County Health Unit began administering flu vaccinations and Pfizer COVID booster vaccinations two weeks ago, and reported having a busy vaccination week last week. The health unit continues to administer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for ages 18 and older, with no appointment needed. The health unit also has available the state’s vaccination incentives – a $20 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery scratch-off ticket or an Arkansas Game and Fish license certificate – for anyone 18 and older who brings their COVID vaccination card to show their last shot was received after May 25.
The health unit’s COVID testing was also down last week, with 14 individuals being tested. Those wanting a COVID test must park their vehicle in a parking space reserved by a numbered cone, stay inside their vehicle and call 501-624-3394 to inform the representatives which number is indicated on the cone. They continue to offer their full range of health services inside their facility. Along with requiring a face mask to enter, the health unit also has a machine that takes people’s temperatures. Those with elevated temperatures are not allowed to enter. The health unit is located at 1425 Malvern Avenue and is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday – Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The United Way of the Ouachitas has an online application for COVID-19 assistance for area families and individuals affected by the pandemic at https://www.unitedwayouachitas.org/covid-19-application. To donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, visit www.bit.ly/UWO-COVID, call 501-623-2505 or send a check by mail at 233 Hobson Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71913.
COVID-19 Testing Sites in Garland County
- Apollo Medical (111 Cordoba Center, Hot Springs Village): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday; 501-226-3220
- 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; 501-525-9675
- Convenient Care Clinic (4419 Hwy 7 North, Hot Springs Village): 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 501-213-1148
- Garland County Health Unit (1425 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs): 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday; 501-624-3394
- Healthy Connections (3604 Central Avenue, Hot Springs): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; 888-710-8220
- Healthy Connections (1723 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; 888-710-8220
- First Care Walk-In Clinic (120 Adcock Road, Garland County): 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday;
1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday; 501-651-4500
- Sherwood Urgent Care (201 Airport Road, Hot Springs): 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday; 501-547-9481
- 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.
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