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☷ Hot Springs Arkansas - HS GC COVID Task Force Garland County s recent statistics likely low 05 July 2022★★★ ( news )
Hot Springs , state Arkansas ( By Press Release office)
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Garland County’s Covid - 19 upward trend leveled off according to the past week’s statistics , but County Health Officer Dr . Gene Shelby said the data that will come out next week should provide a clearer picture .
“I don’t think we can put much stock in these numbers , ” Shelby wrote in his weekly update to the Hot Springs/Garland County Covid - 19 Task Force on Tuesday , July 5 . “The Health Department announced late last week that they were again having some issues loading new information into their Covid - 19 database . Also , with the long Fourth of July weekend and essentially all outpatient health facilities closed , the reported numbers are definitely undercounts . ”
For the week ending on July 4 , there were 137 new cases reported , compared to the previous weeks’ 150 and 139 . The number of active cases was at 264 , an increase of 14 from the same time last week and up 62 from the previous week .
Representatives from CHI St . Vincent and National Park Medical Center reported having a total of 15 Covid - 19 patients Tuesday afternoon , down one from last week . There were two in intensive care , one requiring ventilation .
There were two additional Covid - related deaths reported , bringing the cumulative total to 515 .
“Even with it being a short work week , this week’s numbers should give us some idea if are going to have a major surge like we had following the Fourth of July last year , ” said Shelby .
The Hot Springs/Garland County Covid - 19 Task Force is only meeting as needed during the summer months , but Shelby provides his weekly Covid - 19 update electronically to the group .
For continued COVID - 19 updates . . .
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