COVID-19 Hot Springs Updates

homepage news - Covid task forceWith the rapidly evolving scenarios associated with the spread of the coronavirus (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. 


Listed below in chronological order are recent press releases and updates, which will be updated regularly.


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(04/03/20) Statewide cases at 704, up 61 since yesterday At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, updates were given regarding the crisis that included the state’s current total number of cases: 704. This total is up 61 from yesterday’s number of 643.

Among the statewide total of 704, there are 20 children (ages 18 and younger), 487 adults (ages 19-64) and 197 older adults (ages 65 and above). There were no additional deaths, so the total remains at 12. The number of healthcare workers who have tested positive is up five from yesterday to a total of 96. There are currently 71 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, with 26 on ventilators. A total of 60 have recovered.

Hutchinson shared that the first shipment of hospital protective gear, or PPE, has arrived. It is the first from the state’s own efforts of procurement, and he applauded the work being done by the UAMS procurement team. This shipment will be distributed to hospitals across the state, based on priority. Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor of UAMS, said another shipment is scheduled to arrive on April 12, and it would be enough to support the state for 30 days.

The governor said that testing continues to increase. The statewide total of processed tests is at 9,626. Yesterday, the total number of test reports was 658, which included 62 from UAMS, 144 from the Arkansas Department of Health and 452 from commercial labs.

The governor continued to stress the importance of social distancing. He has been impressed at what he has witnessed with regards to businesses taking the social distancing guidelines seriously, but urges individual Arkansans to understand and follow their important role in following the best practices.

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(04/03/20) Hot Springs receives more than $250K in CDBG COVID-19 aid Hot Springs will receive a total of $254,743 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which recently became law.

The grant funds can be used to make improvements to public facilities that are necessary to the COVID-19 response, support businesses to increase economic development and provide increased public services during the outbreak. Hot Springs is among 13 Arkansas municipalities to be included in this first round of CDBG grants, and additional funding will be made available on a rolling basis.

“The coronavirus outbreak has impacted all parts of our life, resulting in difficult and uncertain times for families, workers and small businesses in our community,” said City Manager Bill Burrough. “Hot Springs is grateful our congressional delegation is investing $254,000 CDBG funds to help our citizens get through this public health crisis and emerge stronger than ever.”

The CARES Act allocated $5 billion to the CDBG program to help communities prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.

“Our communities need help addressing the severe, complex struggles presented by the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate how quickly Secretary Ben Carson and his team at HUD have acted to award these grants. These funds are critical to overcoming the challenges our communities are facing,” said the Arkansas delegation of U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman.

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(04/02/20) Statewide cases at 643; Garland County total is 37  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, updates were given regarding the crisis that included the state’s current total number of cases: 643. This total is up 59 from yesterday’s number of 584.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, the number of positive cases in Garland County has risen to 37, with a total of 152 negative test results.

Among the statewide total of 643, there are 20 children (ages 18 and younger), 440 adults (ages 19-64) and 183 older adults (ages 65 and above). There were an additional two deaths; both had underlying health issues. The number of healthcare workers who have tested positive is up seven from yesterday to a total of 91. That total includes 10 physicians, 26 nurses and 4 certified nurse assistants (CNAs). There are currently 66 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, with 23 on ventilators. A total of 47 have recovered, which is up five from yesterday.

Hutchinson, in response to many questioning why Arkansas is only but a few states left that have not issued stay at home orders, explained that the state’s targeted approach to mitigating COVID-19 has thus far been successful at flattening the curve of new cases to levels below previous projections. The steps taken by the state – closing schools, restaurants and bars (except for dine-out), hair salons and barber shops, tattoo shops, gyms, movie theaters, etc. – have exceed steps taken in other states that have issued stay at home orders. He concluded that he and his task force will continue to make decisions based on good public health data. He said most Arkansans are following the mitigation steps, and official actions are taken when reports are made about groups not doing so.

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(04/01/20) City suspends water disconnections and penalties  The City of Hot Springs has suspended utility disconnections and penalties for late payments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure all residents can continue to practice hand washing, as hygiene has proven fundamental to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

If water issues arise at a residence or business, call the Utilities Emergency Service Center at 501-321-6200 or Utility Billing Services customer service at 501-321-6880.

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(04/01/20) Statewide cases at 584, up 61  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, updates were given regarding the crisis that included the state’s current total number of cases: 584. This total is up 61 from yesterday’s number of 523. Today’s number of cases in Garland County was not available at the time of the press conference as the state’s GIS online COVID-19 map had not been updated.

Among the statewide total of 523, there are 18 children (ages 18 and younger), 396 adults (ages 19-64) and 170 older adults (ages 65 and above). There were an additional two deaths from COVID-19, and both were stated to be in the older adult group. The number of healthcare workers who have tested positive is up five from yesterday to a total of 84. There are two additional current coronavirus patients on ventilators, bringing the current number to 25. A total of 42 have recovered.

Dr. Nate Smith shared that lab testing was scaled up yesterday as the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) processed 147 – their highest single-day output. The total number tested in the past 24 hours in Arkansas, including ADH, UAMS and private labs, was 903. The total tested up to date in Arkansas is just over 7,000. “We are making progress, but are obviously still not where we want to be to really get a good picture of where we are in the state,” said Smith.

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, shared that three additional measures are being taken to mitigate the spread and flatten the curve: state parks are going to day use only, effective Friday, April 3; parking will be restricted to authorized parking areas; and three popular trails are being closed – Cedar Falls Trail at Petit Jean State Park and the East and West Summit trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Hutchinson has recommended to the Secretary of the Interior that Buffalo River National Park be closed until it is safe to reopen. Approximately 60% of visitors there yesterday were from out of state.

Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, asked that those needing unemployment assistance who are self-employed, contract labor and others is this category to wait until further instructions arrive from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding how to process such claims with regards to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. He hopes to have the needed information by the end of the week. He acknowledged all the staff whose unemployment claim workflow has increased from an average of 1,000 a week to the sudden surge of around 30,000 a week.

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(03/31/20) Statewide cases up 50 to 523  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, updates were given regarding the crisis that included the state’s current total number of cases: 523. This total is up 50 from yesterday’s number of 473. Today’s number of cases in Garland County is 31.

Among the statewide total of 523, there are 17 children (ages 18 and younger), 348 adults (ages 19-64) and 158 older adults (ages 65 and above). There was an additional death of an individual, who was stated to be in the older adult group. The number of healthcare workers who have tested positive is up six from yesterday to a total of 79. There are two additional current coronavirus patients on ventilators, bringing the current number to 23. A total of 35 have recovered.

Hutchinson showed the graph of projected cases moving forward to mid-April with a line showing actual cases up through yesterday, and the actual case line is trending lower than the projection. Hutchinson credited this trend with Arkansans being self-disciplined and following guidelines of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), which he said will save lives and get us out of this crisis and back to normal much quicker.

Hutchinson has been made aware of out-of-state visitors coming to Arkansas to continue to enjoy our state and national parks. This has become an issue as many are coming from areas considered to be hot spots of the coronavirus. He and his team are looking at ways to curtail these recreational out-of-state travelers, which may include the temporary closure of popular parks.

Hutchinson has authorized 40 additional Air and Army National Guard representatives to be activated to assist. Dr. Nate Smith, ADH director, said the National Guard has been helping to coordinate additional hospital beds to increase the state’s capacity, should it be needed.

Smith outlined how long quarantine should be, either for those who have tested positive or those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. For those with a positive test and mild to moderate symptoms (not requiring hospitalization), a standard quarantine would be seven days past the onset of symptoms and at least three days without a fever. For those who have been exposed, the home quarantine time period is 14 days, as that is the incubation period for COVID-19. If no symptoms are present at that time, it is safe to return to work.

Hutchinson shared that he declared the Arkansas a Major Disaster State, and he expects a quick response in funding support from the federal government. He reported that there have been more than 300,000 unemployment claims to date. The next update in unemployment figures will be available this weekend.  He also has signed an executive order allowing notaries and wills to be completed through audio and visual means, rather than the standard in-person requirement.

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(03/31/20) Advisory for Travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Orleans and All International Locations  The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) updated their recommendation on March 30 for a Self Home Quarantine for 14 days for all travelers from the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as those returning from New Orleans and all international locations. This is due to high rates of COVID-19 in those places as well as in a growing number of international locations. In the interest of the public health, all travelers who return from one of these locations are advised to quarantine at home for 14 days, starting from the date they left that location. If you develop fever, cough or other symptom of COVID-19, you should contact your doctor for advice on where to be evaluated.

You can find details of home quarantine here: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsservices/topics/covid-19-guidance-for-self-home-quarantine 

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(03/30/20) Task force: Non-emergency callers should call COVID-19 hotline  Reiterating the importance of COVID-19 non-emergency callers using the local hotline, steps taken by hospitals in Hot Springs to prepare for the possibility of an increase in cases and the continued efforts to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) were among the topics discussed at this morning’s Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force meeting.

The meeting, which was held via videoconference to ensure social distancing, included more than 15 first responder, healthcare and local authority representatives.

The Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Call Center/Hotline is available at 501-760-4307, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, as a first line of triage in an effort not to overrun our hospitals. The hotline is also available for adjoining and nearby counties, for which Hot Springs serves as the regional healthcare provider. Another option for anyone exhibiting symptoms is to call their primary care physician. Calls to 9-1-1 should be solely limited to anyone requiring an emergency response.

For those possibly needing emergency medical assistance, both the local COVID-19 hotline and LifeNet have experienced a number of callers who have expressed concern about being transported to the emergency room in fear of possible contraction of the virus.

“I want our public to know that our emergency departments are taking every precaution with regards to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The emergency departments are still operating and are available for emergency treatment, and people who are experiencing things such as chest pain or shortness of breath should go to an emergency department or call 9-1-1,” said Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby.

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(03/30/20) Arkansas cases up to 473  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference, it was shared that a rise in 47 statewide cases in the past 24 hours has brought the total number of cases to 473. There are a total of 62 current COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization, with 21 currently on ventilators. Of the total cases, there is a total of 17 children (age 18 and younger), 307 adults (ages 19-64) and 149 older adults (ages 65 and above). There are 73 healthcare workers who have confirmed cases of the virus, as well as six pregnant women.

There has been an additional death, bringing the total lost in Arkansas to seven. This is the first nursing-home related death, and there was an additional nursing home with a confirmed case, bringing the total number of nursing homes with cases in the state to five. There have been 47 nursing-home related confirmed cases.

Sports and outdoor activities are still encouraged, as long social distancing of at least six feet is maintained. State parks are currently open, but extensive measures have been taken to reduce the risk of spread. More information is available at https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/covid-19-update.

Governor Hutchinson shared that in addition to the $30 million initially allocated toward purchases of equipment (PPE, ventilators, etc.) in response to the COVID-19 crisis, an additional $45 million is being added as the demand versus the supply for these items has increased the prices and made the acquisition more challenging. He also made an executive order to establish a 15-member steering committee to guide, shape and make recommendations on the allocation of the anticipated $1.2 billion the state will receive in federal funds to fight COVID-19 from the Cares Act.

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(03/27/20) Hot Springs airport restricting access to FBO  In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Hot Springs Memorial Field airport will restrict access to the Private Aircraft Terminal (FBO) starting Monday, March 30.

Individuals will be screened, and only arriving and departing passengers and pilots will be allowed access to the FBO. The airport terminal and the tenants (Southern Airways, Hertz, Enterprise and CADA) will still have access to their operations and the airport main terminal. In addition, the airfield will remain open, and all aircraft services will still be available.  [Read more...]

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(03/27/20) City sport recreation suspended The City of Hot Springs Sport Recreation Department is suspending all leagues, tournaments and practices until April, 17, 2020. Sport Manager Adam Ussery will re-evaluate the situation and provide an update at that time. 

Ussery states, "our goal is to have everyone play in their respective league this year. Dates and lengths of leagues may be different from the original plan, but when this passes we feel that everyone will be ready to get outside and play some ball."

For questions or concerns, contact Adam at aussery@cityhs.net.

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(03/27/20) Arkansas cases up to 381; Garland County at 20  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has gone up 48 since yesterday to a total of 381. The total in Garland County went up one additional case to 20. Of the total cases in Arkansas, 15 are children (ages 18 and younger), 242 are adults (ages 19-64) and 124 are older adults (ages 65 and above). There are 48 hospitalizations from COVID-19, which is up from 41 yesterday, and 17 patients require use of a ventilator, which is up from 13 yesterday. A total of 19 patients have met the criteria to be considered recovered.

Governor Asa Hutchinson shared that he and health experts are studying projections and models based on how the spread has occurred in other states, and one model estimates Arkansas could have around 3,500 confirmed cases by mid-April. Hutchinson said the goal is for our state to beat those projections, primarily by all Arkansans abiding by social distancing, avoiding public gatherings of 10 or more and by following the other guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health. Seeing as the public gathering recommendation became a statewide directive yesterday, Hutchinson met with state law enforcement today to begin enforcement.

The Corps of Engineers will be assisting in expanding the capacity of hospital beds in the state, and the state ordered 500 additional ventilators.

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(03/26/20) Arkansas cases up to 335; Garland County total at 18  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state is up to 335 from yesterday’s total of 280. The total number of confirmed cases in Garland County is at 18, up two from yesterday.

There are a total of 41 COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized, up from 12 yesterday. Arkansas Department of Health Director Nate Smith shared that the primary reason for the increase in this total is due to a change in the way ADH is collecting information from the hospitals. The number of patients who have required use of a ventilator is up to 13, from yesterday’s total of four. Smith accredited this increase in the new data collection process, as well. There has been an additional death as a result of COVID-19, bringing the total loss of life from the virus in the state to three. Of the total number of cases, 14 are children (ages 18 and younger), 213 are adults (ages 19-64) and 108 are older adults (65 and older).

The Governor shared that the directive to cessation of all indoor social gatherings of 10 or more is complete and enacted.

The Governor also announced a $116 million emergency plan in response to this pandemic, with financial assistance being provided to rural hospitals, independent primary care physicians, healthcare workers, training and stimulus for telemedicine, and more. The plan calls for the federal government paying all but $25 million, with the remainder of the funds coming from Arkansas’ Medicare budget.  

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(03/26/20) City Hall screening visitors and employees There are currently no plans to close City Hall at this time, but changes have been made to how City departments are delivering services in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective today, March 26, members of the public will not be able to immediately access individual departments at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard. Individuals will be screened, both public and employees, upon entering the foyer of City Hall. Employees will continue to assist members of the public, but rather than individuals going directly to a department or office, guests will need to use the call box on the upper floor to call either the city manager’s office or the city clerk’s office. The needs of the individual will be determined, and a representative from the appropriate department will be called to meet with the individual, if needed. In doing so, the City employee and member(s) of the public will maintain a distance of at least six feet.  [Read more...]

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(03/26/20) AHD recommends self home quarantine for certain travelers  Due to high rates of COVID-19 in New York and international locations, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is now recommending self home quarantine for 14 days for all travelers from New York State and all international locations. For more information, including tips about how to self home quarantine, visit the ADH website. The ADH has also urged everyone to maintain a minimum social distance of six feet, as well as frequent and thorough hand washing.  

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(03/25/20) Planning & Development updates in response to COVID-19  

  • Employees and public being screened before entering City Hall offices: Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 and social distancing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and the Arkansas Department of Health, all departments and offices at City Hall, including Planning & Development, have implemented a screening process for employees and guests from the public. Public members are asked to use a call box in the City Hall foyer, and an employee with either the city manager’s office or the city clerk’s office. From this, a determination will be made as to if assistance from a particular department is needed, and an employee from that department may be called to attend to the needs. If this is the case, the employee and member(s) of the public will maintain a distance of six feet of separation.

As always, Planning & Development staff are ready to offer assistance and answer questions. If members of the public prefer to seek assistance remotely, staff can assist by phone or email. See our staff directory.

  • Permits and inspections: Permits and Inspections are still required. Permits are available online or by telephone in most cases.
  • Applications: Applications will be handled as usual, but with the constraints imposed by short-staffing.
  • Payments: Credit card payments, such as for permits and applications, are accepted by phone. Call 501-321-6846 for more information.
  • Inspections: Building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC inspections are continuing.
  • Social distancing:  Departmental staff are required to follow the social distancing guidelines while working out in the city. Our City employees are dedicated to serving our community and our residents. These social distancing requirements offer a challenge in providing our personalized service, but abiding by them will allow our department to continue to provide services for the duration of the pandemic.
  • Inspection and Code Enforcement prioritization:  Inspection and code enforcement for vacant lots and vacant structures, as well as imminent hazards to public health and safety, are being prioritized at this time.  Please understand that through this pandemic, the department may not be fully staffed, and staff will have to prioritize accordingly.
  • Board and Commission actions:  Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission and Historic District Commission action will proceed per the conditions of Board of Directors Ordinance No. 6323, authorizing actions of City Manager during the COVID -19 pandemic.

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(03/25/20) Arkansas cases up to 280; Garland County is at 16  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 press conference today, March 25, the total number of confirmed positive cases in Arkansas was updated to 280, up 62 cases from yesterday. The number of cases in Garland County has risen to 16. Of the statewide cases, 13 are children (ages 18 and younger); 173 are adults (19-64); and 94 are older adults (ages 65 and older). There are currently 12 COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized, with four on ventilators. A total of 11 confirmed cases have met the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) criteria to be considered recovered. Also shared at the press conference:

  • In preparation for a possible exhaustion of the state’s healthcare professionals as coronavirus cases continue to rise, the Governor shared that the licensing process for doctors and nurses has been expedited.
  • The Governor also urged the public to abide by the guidance of the ADH to limit indoor gatherings to 10 or fewer people and to maintain a minimum of six feet social distance at all times. Verbiage for an official statewide directive is being drafted to turn this guidance into an official order.
  • There have also been an unprecedented number of unemployment claims in the state, the Governor reported.
  • ADH Director Nate Smith encouraged everyone to take time to reach out by phone, social media or other means to neighbors, friends, family, and particularly older Arkansans who are staying safe in their homes but who might be suffering from loneliness, anxiety and depression.
  • Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Col. Nathaniel Todd shared that the five VA healthcare locations in the state are ready with testing capabilities for any veterans who call, go through the screening process and are determined to be at risk and in need of COVID-19 testing.

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(03/25/20) Arkansas Department of Health announcement about closure of salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors  In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, all barbers, body art establishments, body art schools, cosmetology establishments, massage therapy clinics/spas, and medical spas should close for in-person operations beginning at noon today, March 25. To read more of the ADH directive, go to the following URL: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/pdf/Barber_Body_Art_Cosmetology_Massage_Therapy_Medical_Spas_Schools_FINAL.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0V5sBUoDuR7NYATY_3vEDk6gBJ6CD1JhrcgOLA5VOboBmPT4i9Khkgym4 

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(03/25/20) Extension of alcohol taxes and licensing fees  In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the City of Hot Springs has decided to extend the deadline for February alcohol taxes and for business licensing fees. [Read more...]

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(03/25/20) State cases up to 236; important reminders to slow the spread  As of just after 8 a.m. this morning, March 25, 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas was 236. The number of confirmed cases in Garland County rose to 11, up from 10 yesterday. There have been 10 reported recoveries in the state, and two deaths. The total number of confirmed cases across the United States continues to rise, and is at 55,238 with more than 800 deaths.

A few important reminders to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus from Ed Davis, Hot Springs Fire chief and member of the local COVID-19 Task Force:

  1. Wash your hands often, as it is the most effective way a person can avoid transmitting the COVID-19 virus.
  2. Don’t touch your face or rub your eyes. Your eyes are an easy point for the virus to enter your body.
  3. Practice social distancing, avoid unnecessary casual contact and keep six feet distance intervals between you and others while in public.

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(03/24/20) Governor urges social distancing as state cases rise to 218  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s press conference today, March 24, 2020, he and members of his task force reported that the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 218, up from 174 at the time of the previous press conference. There have also been two reported deaths in the past 24 hours, including an individual in their 50’s and another above the age of 80. 

Garland County has an additional confirmed case and is up to a total of 10. 

Among the active statewide cases, there are 11 children, 134 adults (ages 19-64) and 73 older adults (ages 65 and older). There have been 14 hospitalizations with six patients needing ventilators. There have been 10 confirmed cases that have recovered. 

Even with the numbers rising, health officials have told the governor that this is the "calm before the storm," and that Arkansas is still on the front end of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arkansas Department of Health Director Nate Smith shared important items regarding COVID-19:

  • Funerals: although we need to honor and remember lost loved ones, funerals can also be a time that the coronavirus can be spread; consider ways that would be less likely to spread COVID-19, such as outdoor ceremonies
  • Smoking risk: smoking is proving to be a significant risk factor for serious illness with COVID-19; now would be a great time to quit smoking; online resources are available to help, including https://www.bewellarkansas.org/quit-tobacco/ 
  • Employers guidance: whereas some employers were under the impression that employees should be tested before being allowed to work, the recommendation is to screen employees on a daily basis for symptoms of COVID-19, and to take temperatures if possible

Social distancing was also reiterated as a crucial element to flattening the curve of infections. Youth, who may not fully understand the risk associated with this pandemic, can not only be effected personally, but can help the spread of the virus if they do not practice social distancing. Although information is not available for exact locations of those who have tested positive, everyone should consider any public space as having the possibility to harbor and spread the virus.

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(03/23/20) Second Updated Press Release from Garland County District Court Garland County District Court will continue to operate its essential court functions. All cases currently scheduled through April 17, 2020, shall be continued effective immediately pursuant the Supreme Court of Arkansas Per Curiam Order issued March 20, 2020. [Read More...]

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(03/23/20) Local authorities brace for rise in COVID-19 cases  The Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force met this morning, March 23, 2020, to continue to coordinate efforts in what is anticipated to be a continued rise in coronavirus cases. [Read More...]

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(03/22/20) Total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in state up to 165  At Governor Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19 press conference at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, it was announced that the current confirmed positive test result count in the state had the largest daily jump thus far from 118 yesterday to the current total of 165. Along with this was the largest daily number of tests that were given, with a total of 135 yesterday. As more tests are administered, it is expected that the number of positive results will rise. Of the 165 total, there are a total of 10 children, 93 adults (ages 19-64) and 62 adults (ages 65 and over). 

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(03/22/20) Statewide cases up to 137  According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) update this morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas has risen to 137, up from 118 yesterday. It includes 79 positive test results from the ADH lab, and 58 positive test results from independent labs. Persons under investigation is at 116, and those being monitored because of identified risk is at 517. 

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(03/21/20) Statement from City Manager Bill Burrough regarding COVID-19  Any rumors of an upcoming shut down or shelter-in-place imposed by Hot Springs City management are not true. There have been no discusses to that effect, and that is not a decision that would be made by one person or at the local level. The coronavirus COVID-19 situation has been and will continue to be a fluid one. Should more extreme mitigation efforts be necessary at a future point, Homeland Security has outlined services that are deemed essential, meaning our society will continue to function with the supply chain industry remaining intact so that our grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and so on, will continue to operate. Our City departments of Police, Fire, Public Works, Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater, etc., will also continue, no matter what mitigation measures are taken.

This ever-changing pandemic has brought all of the United States together, the whole world together, to fight and work toward overcoming this unique global challenge. At the local level in Garland County and Hot Springs, I am extremely proud how quickly collaborative efforts have streamlined our response. Judge Darryl Mahoney and I, as well as the task force, have remained in constant contact and continue to work to help secure needed supplies for our hospitals and clinics. Through a relationship with Sigma Supply, we were able to get 850 of the medical-grade face masks, Tyvek suits, plastic aprons, 10,000 sterile swabs and 40 no-touch thermometers. We will continue to support any way we can through our task force.

As of this afternoon, Arkansas has 118 confirmed cases. Garland County remains in the 5-10 cases category. We are far from reaching the peak of the spread, which state health leaders predict could be 5-6 weeks away. Please continue to practice the guidelines of social distancing and handwashing. Stay informed through www.cityhs.net/covid-19, which will be updated with facts about the state and local response.

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(03/21/20) Total of 118 confirmed cases in Arkansas Announced at Governor Asa Hutchinson’s 1:30 p.m. COVID-19 press conference, the total of confirmed cases in the state is up 22 over Friday’s number of 96, for a total of 118. Of this total, nine are children, 32 are senior citizens and 77 are adults, ages 18-64. There have been 13 COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization with seven requiring ICU and four requiring the use of a ventilator. Governor Hutchinson shared that a projection moving forward for Arkansas, based on the pandemic’s effect on other states and areas, is that Arkansas would hit the peak of cases in 6-8 weeks with 1,000 patients at that point possibly needing hospitalization. He and his task force stressed the importance of flattening the curve of this pandemic by practicing social distancing and good self hygiene (hand washing, etc.), screening by businesses and avoiding unnecessary travel. If all of these are given priority by all of us in the state, Arkansas may not have to take the more extreme mitigation measures, such as shelter-in-place, being done in other states.

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(03/20/20) Arkansas confirmed cases up to 96 Announced at Governor Asa Hutchinson’s afternoon COVID-19 press conference, the number of cases confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has risen to 96. This total includes 58 from ADH Lab positive test results and 38 from independent positive test results. There are now 203 Persons Under Investigation (PUI), and 548 persons being monitored by ADH. On the ADH map of the state showing counties with positive COVID-19 cases, Garland County has been upgraded with 5-9 confirmed cases. To watch the press conference, visit https://youtu.be/hbpIoO42Chc.

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(03/20/20) Arkansas confirmed cases up to 83 According to the 5:30 a.m. update on Friday, March 20, from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state is up to 83. The number of cases was 62 as of the afternoon of March 19. From the confirmed 83 cases, 59 were from ADH Lab positive test results and 24 were from commercial lab positive test results. Persons Under Investigation (PUI) is at 170, and persons being monitored by ADH with daily check-in and guidance because of an identified risk is at 483. Past PUIs with negative test results is at 364. 

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(03/20/20) Issues related to flushing paper towels, wipes, etcWith coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland County, the Hot Springs Utilities Department would like to remind our homebound residents of the dangers of flushing disinfecting wipes down their commodes. [Read More...]

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(03/19/20) Local call center/hotline and evaluation centers operational The Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 call center is available at 501-760-4307, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, as a first line of triage in an effort not to overrun our hospitals. [Read More...]

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(03/18/20) Proclamation of Emergency issued for Hot Springs With the rapidly evolving scenarios associated with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), City Manager Bill Burrough has issued a Proclamation of Emergency pursuant to State law. [Read More...]

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(03/18/20) Statement from Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe regarding COVID-19 Since well before the first case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was announced in our state, Hot Springs leaders were coordinating and planning our response should the pandemic reach our community. [Read More...]

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(03/18/20) Utility Billing Services opens service window and urges use of alternate payment options The lobby of the City’s Utility Billing Services (UBS) location, 517 Airport Road (Suite C) is closed to customers. Payments and other services are being provided through a service window, and customers are also encouraged to consider using the online payment portal, pay-by-phone, drop-box locations or pay by mail. [Read More...]

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(03/18/20) Hot Springs Police Department lobby closed due to COVID-19 In the interest of public safety and the health of our employees, the Hot Springs Police Department has decided that due to the recent Coronavirus threat, we have enacted the following temporary measures to help stop the spread of the virus. [Read More...]

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(03/18/20) Animal Services closing lobby In response to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control relating to social distancing to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the lobby of the City of Hot Springs Animal Services will be closed to customers until further notice starting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. [Read More...]

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(03/18/20) Updated Garland County District Court schedule Garland County District Court will continue to operate its essential court functions. All cases through April 3, 2020, shall be continued effective immediately pursuant to the schedule set forth at the end of this press release. [Read More...]

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(03/18/20) Southern Airways policies regarding COVID-19 With the understanding that travel within the national air transportation network is a matter of critical importance to the health and safety of America’s citizens, all change fees, effective today, will be suspended through April 15 on all Southern flights, regardless of fare class or date purchased.* [Read More...]

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(03/17/20) Task force developing drive-thru COVID-19 clinics Preparations are being made for drive-thru clinics for patient evaluations, as well as a local COVID-19 hotline, in Hot Springs and Garland County as a part of unified efforts to locally mitigate the nationwide outbreak. [Read More...]

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(03/13/20) Task force monitoring COVID-19 A task force has been formed in Hot Springs with representatives from the city, county and state, as well as public safety and health officials. [Read More...]

Symptomatic?    

Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Call Center

501-760-4307

(8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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ADH Call Center

1-800-803-7847

(8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

1-800-554-5738

(After hours/weekends)

ADH.Coronavirus@arkansas.gov

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Community Service Assistance

Call Arkansas 2-1-1  

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.

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Online Resource Guide

www.hsresourceguide.org

Serving eight counties in the Ouachita Region, the guide lists up-to-date information for an array of services available.

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