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Posted on: April 6, 2021

COVID rent/utility funds available for Hot Springs residents

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Hot Springs residents who have experienced financial hardship related to COVID-19 and, as a result, are behind on rent or utility payments can now apply for assistance through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES Act funded emergency rent an...

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COVID-19 vaccine updates and information

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The COVID-19 Vaccine portal offers updates and information about vaccine distribution in Garland County, including links to online waiting lists.

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

COVID-19 information and updates

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The COVID-19 portal has the most recent COVID-19 press releases and updates from the City, the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force and the State of Arkansas, as well as other helpful links and information.

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News Flash

Posted on: June 18, 2021

Blasting at Richardson Subdivision at noon on June 21

A permit for blasting has been issued to McGeorge Contracting Company by the City of Hot Springs for work in the Richardson Subdivision, between Twin Points and Higdon Ferry roads, with blasting to take place again at noon on Monday, June 21.  

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Posted on: June 18, 2021

2021 Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 to feature ‘Summer of Soul’

The 2021 Juneteenth Celebration in Hot Springs will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at the Hot Springs Farmers and Artisans Market, 121 Orange Street, with live music by Dazz & Brie at 7:30 p.m., followed by a free screening of “Summer...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Ribbon Cutting rescheduled for June 23 for City of Hot Springs solar plant

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The City of Hot Springs and Scenic Hill Solar will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on June 23, 2021, at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant, 365 Winkler Road, to celebrate completion of the first Scenic Hill Solar power plant to supply elec...

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Posted on: June 11, 2021

Southern Airways adds Memphis and intra-state routes at Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport

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Southern Airways CEO Stan Little joined Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport Director Glen Barentine on June 4 to welcome the inaugural intra-state flights from Harrison and El Dorado.

“For the first time in history, you can connect to El ...

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Posted on: June 11, 2021

Street closure: Leonard Street

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Leonard Street, between Seventh and Michael streets, will be closed daily to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday, June 15, through Monday, June 21, for the installation of communication lines. 

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Posted on: June 10, 2021

Street closure: Gardner Street

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Gardner Street, between Albert Pike Road and Campbell Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Friday, June 11, through Friday, June 18, for water line construction.

Signs, barricades and steel plates will be in place, and motorists are adv...

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Continuing to promote need for vaccines

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Garland County’s COVID-19 active case count rose from less than 30 in mid-May to a high point of 129 on May 25, before starting to decline.

At the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force’s June 7 meeting, Garland County Health Of...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Garland County COVID numbers remain low

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Compared to other populous counties in Arkansas, Garland County has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases per capita as the county remains on its six-week low plateau of new and active cases, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Southern Airways Expands Arkansas Service

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Hot Springs joins Harrison & El Dorado with nonstops to Memphis; 

Weekend intra-Arkansas routes to begin in June

 

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Business leaders encouraged to help in vaccination efforts

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Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby, citing a concerning trend in the county’s COVID-19 statistics, hopes creative efforts to increase public knowledge of the importance of vaccinations will lead to a greater percentage of the county b...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Water Meter Portal can help save water and money

Water customers in Hot Springs can take advantage of the free Water Meter Customer Portal to keep track of water consumption in order to help conserve water and save money on their monthly bills.

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Blasting to begin April 22 at Richardson Subdivision

A permit for blasting is being issued to McGeorge Contracting Company by the City of Hot Springs for work in the Richardson Subdivision, between Twin Points and Higdon Ferry roads, with the first blast expected to take place around noon on Thursday, April...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: County’s vaccination efforts have saved lives

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At the April 19 meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby commended the area’s vaccination efforts and offered encouragement for the public to continue to get inoculated.

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Waning COVID vaccinations concerning to task force

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A lack of information getting to the public about the open eligibility and the wide availability and critical importance of COVID-19 vaccines continues to be a concern for the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force, which was a primary topic of di...

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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Libbey Physical Medicine Center Thermal Water Jug Fountain to Close Temporarily

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

COVID rent/utility funds available for Hot Springs residents

Hot Springs residents who have experienced financial hardship related to COVID-19 and, as a result, are behind on rent or utility payments can now apply for assistance through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES Act funded emergency rent an...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Promoting vaccinations and use of face masks

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At the March 29 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force, representatives planned ways to increase the county’s percentage of people who are fully vaccinated from the current 14% of all residents and 39% of the 65-and-older ag...

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City of Hot Springs News Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Intracity Transit giving free rides for vaccination seekers

The City of Hot Springs Intracity Transit public bus system is offering free rides for those seeking COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Thursday, April 1. 

The free rides will be in effect to and from scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments, and ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: COVID task force hopes to increase percentage of vaccinated residents

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At the March 29 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force, representatives planned ways to increase the county’s percentage of people who are fully vaccinated from the current 14% of all residents and 39% of the 65-an...

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: COVID vaccine hesitancy could slow county’s return to normalcy

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Garland County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to be on a great downward trend, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby, but residents need to remember that the virus is still here and that the vaccines are key to returning to nor...

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Posted on: March 16, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: COVID vaccine effectiveness shown locally from Phase 1-A participants

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As COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline at the local and state levels, members of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force urge continued vigilance in wearing masks, socially distancing and hand washing, as well as seeking out a COVID test ...

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Cases continue decline, but vigilance needed 'to get to zero'

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As COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline at the local and state levels, members of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force urge continued vigilance in wearing masks, socially distancing and hand washing, as well as seeking out a COVID test ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Mitigation efforts, now guidelines, will continue

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson changed the statewide COVID-19 directives to guidelines on Feb. 26, yet he and Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero said it is essential that individual behaviors regarding wearing masks, socially distancing and washing hands continue. ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Low testing numbers due to weather skews statistics

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The week of Feb. 14-22 had the lowest total of COVID-19 test results recorded for Garland County since August due to the winter weather, but Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby is still pleased by the continued downward trajectory of the county&...

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Posted on: February 17, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Weather inhibits COVID testing

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Cold temperatures most likely led to a lower number of COVID-19 testing being done the week of Feb. 8-14, and the continued effects of inclement weather will likely skew the pandemic outlook for weeks ahead, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Cases increase, but positivity rate and active cases hold steady

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Although the week of Jan. 31 – Feb. 7 saw a 64% increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Garland County from the previous week, a higher number of test results kept the positivity rate steady and the number of active cases fell b...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Cases declining; vigilance should remain

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Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby told the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force at the meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, that the county has seen across the board improvement this past week. He warned, however, that there is a long road ahe...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

On a vaccine waiting list? Be sure to answer your phone

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Those in Garland County who have registered to be on a COVID-19 vaccine waiting list are encouraged to answer their phone as vaccination clinics continue to be scheduled. 

Those involved in vaccine distribution are using the waiting lists to conta...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: COVID numbers trending downward as vaccinations continue

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Although a significant number of active COVID-19 cases remain in Garland County, the trend of new cases is on a downward slope as vaccinations continue for Phase 1-A groups and the start of Phase 1-B – education workers and those 70 and older.

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: High COVID numbers continue, but may be nearing peak

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The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Garland County for the week of Jan. 10-17 of 815 was a record high for the third-straight week, but with the holidays behind us, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby is hopeful that the county is at or...

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Posted on: January 12, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Record-setting trend continues to strain hospitals

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The drastic upward trend of new COVID-19 cases in Garland County following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays is continuing, putting a strain on local hospitals.

“We have a surging, deadly pandemic that is getting worse here. The cha...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Cases and hospitalizations continue post-holiday rise

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Although the start of the vaccine rollout offers hope, it will still likely be months before doses of the vaccine are available for the general public. In the meantime, record-level COVID-19 statistics for Garland County, including rising hospitalizations...

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Hospitals at highest levels as task force dissuades COVID fatigue

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At the virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force on Dec. 28, representatives from CHI St. Vincent and National Park Medical Center shared their anxiousness about a likely increase in cases in the weeks following the Christmas h...

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Garland County begins inoculating healthcare providers

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As the active cases in Garland County continue to rise, the beginning of the phased distribution of COVID-19 vaccines was a primary topic of discussion at the Dec. 21 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force.

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Garland County COVID-19 numbers ‘off the charts’

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Several COVID-19 statistics for the week of Dec. 6 – 13 in Garland County far exceeded previous record highs, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Dec. 14 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County Covid-19 Ta...

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Shorter quarantine guidelines for non-symptomatic close contacts

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Representatives on the Hot Springs/Garland County Covid-19 Task Force are bracing for what may be a rise in post-Thanksgiving cases this week while preparing for a change in quarantine guidelines and upcoming vaccine deliveries.

During the Dec. 7 virtual t...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Hospitals in Hot Springs seeing their highest numbers of pandemic

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Even though Garland County’s COVID-19 statistics remain on a plateau since the rise in cases ending around Nov. 15, the hospitals in Hot Springs are experiencing what they say are some of their highest numbers of the pandemic as they are treatin...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Task force urges adherence to recommendations this holiday

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Over the past week, Garland County’s COVID-19 statistics plateaued from the previous weeks’ upward trajectory, but health officials continue to urge area residents to be vigilant this Thanksgiving holiday.

Even though case numbers have stabilized, the coun...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: More pandemic records set locally; ‘it’s everywhere’

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“The virus has continued to spread throughout our community, our county, with no particular source; it’s everywhere,” said Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Nov. 16 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force.

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Past week's new case count total all-time high

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As area nursing home COVID-19 cases begin to decline from the spike in recent weeks, community spread is keeping the number of new cases and the active case count at or near record high levels.

At the Nov. 9 meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Cases and deaths in area expected in increase due to COVID-19

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With the active cases in Garland County at an all-time high for the second straight week and the greatest percentage of cases being in the most vulnerable population, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby fears that COVID-related deaths in the cou...

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Posted on: October 27, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Active cases reach all-time high

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Garland County has risen to its highest number since the start of the pandemic at 247, according to Garland County Health Office Dr. Gene Shelby at the Oct. 26 virtual meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-...

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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Garland County’s active cases and COVID-19 deaths rise in past week

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Following a downward trend for COVID-19 cases in Garland County, the week of Oct. 11 – 18 saw a higher number of new cases, active cases and deaths, while there was a decrease in the number of tests performed.

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Continued vigilance needed to keep local COVID curve flat

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Hot Springs and Garland County continue to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, but members of the area COVID-19 task force caution that vigilance is needed to continue to keep down the spread of the virus.

“Our community cannot let our guard down. We have...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

State and local health officials dissuade Covid fatigue

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Recognizing that many people are experiencing fatigue in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby seeks to remind the community of the deadly and communicable nature of this coronavirus.

At the Sept. 28 virtual meetin...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: No jump in cases following latest holiday weekend

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Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby is optimistic about where Garland County stands in the pandemic as two weeks have passed since Labor Day, yet the COVID-19 numbers locally have not increased as they did following Memorial Day and Independence...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Schools seeking prospective substitute teachers/bus drivers

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At this point in the pandemic, school superintendents across Garland County are more concerned that the quarantining of teachers and bus drivers could force a change to virtual learning more so than the threat of positive cases within school districts.

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

HS/GC COVID Task Force: Superintendents remind families of quarantine guidelines

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If a member of a student’s household tests positive for COVID-19, the student is also required to quarantine rather than continuing to attend school in person. This was the primary message from superintendents during the virtual meeting of the Hot Springs...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Task force seeks to clarify state’s quarantine and isolation guidelines

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During the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on Aug. 31, school superintendents from across Garland County reported a great first week, with hopes that communication from the task force can help clear up misunderstandings in t...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Garland County COVID cases and testing numbers are down

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Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby shared at the Aug. 24 meeting of the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force that he is pleased with the current numbers for Garland County, but he continues to stress the importance of wearing masks an...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

HS/GC COVID-19 Task Force: Garland County COVID trend continues in right direction

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At the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on August 10, Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby said that the COVID-19 numbers from the week of August 2-9 look better, and that he is pleased with the trend.

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Garland County virus cases flatten, but positivity rate increases

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COVID-19 numbers from Garland County for the week of July 2 – August 2 do show some “positive aspects compared to the previous two weeks” as new cases seem to be “leveling off,” said Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Hot Springs/Garland...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Garland County virus cases continue on ‘major upward trend’

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Garland County averaged 30 new COVID-19 cases reported daily from July 19 – 26, with a total of 210 new cases for the week, according to Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby at the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force virtual meeting on...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Garland County virus cases more than double in past week

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those under investigation more than doubled this past week from 90 on July 12 to 188 on July 19, and the number of active cases went from 65 to 150.

“Garland County is certainly in the mix of this pandemic,” said ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Garland County positivity rate rises to 6.4%

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Although the number of new and active cases in Garland County has plateaued, the positive rate of infection among the 732 tests done between July 5-12 rose to 6.4%, up from the previous week’s 2.7%.

Garland County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby shared at t...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Garland County positivity rate cut in half from previous week

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There were 48 new COVID-19 cases reported in Garland County from June 28 – July 5, but because of a record number of tests performed, the positivity rate decreased from the previous week’s 5.8% to 2.7%.

Also, thanks to the number of recoveries in Garland C...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Garland County has increase of 50 new active COVID-19 cases

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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 S...

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Official HSPD Release: Third Street Shooting

On Tuesday, May 24, 2021 at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to 1034 Third Street in reference to a shooting. On their arrival, officers located Austin Michael Spencer (25), of Hot Springs, suffering from...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Official HSPD Release: Albert Pike Road Shooting

On May 23, 2021 at approximately 2:00 am, officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to the 100 block of Albert Pike Road in reference to “shots fired.” Officers observed multiple shell casings in the area. Later, it was...

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Posted on: May 19, 2021

Official HSPD Release: Pleasant Valley incident

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at approximately 10:40 a.m., officers with the Hot Springs Police Department responded to 206 Pleasant Valley Street in reference to a report of a possibly deceased person. Officers were directed into the residence where they loca...

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