COVID-19 Hot Springs Updates

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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. For the most current statewide and county-specific COVID-19 statistics, visit the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH)

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With the community level currently "Low," COVID-19 updates will be provided weekly with the understanding of a return to more frequent updates, should the need arise.

(11/28/22) 61 active cases in Garland County

The following statistics for Monday, November 28, 2022, were posted on the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) website:

  • 26,291 cumulative cases in Garland County, up 73 from Nov. 14.
  • 61 active cases in Garland County, down 14 from Nov. 14.
  • 25,672 recoveries in Garland County, up 87 from Nov. 14. 
  • 555 deaths in Garland County, no change from Nov. 14.

 See the Garland County and Arkansas Daily Report Archive for previous daily statistics.

(10/31/22)  HS/GC COVID Task Force: COVID numbers continue slight decline

The COVID-19 metrics for Garland County continue to be on a slight decline, County Health Officer Dr. Gene Shelby shared in his weekly update to the Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force on Oct. 31.

Shelby reported a total of 49 new cases for the week of Oct. 23 – 30, compared to the previous weeks’ 43 and 69. As of Monday morning, there were 60 known active cases in the county, compared to previous weeks’ 91 and 108.

COVID-19-related deaths continue to rise with four last week and three the previous week, bringing the cumulative total to 553.  

“Looking at our COVID-19 experience over the past two winters, in 2020 we saw our numbers starting to go up in late October, whereas in 2021 the winter spike didn’t really start until the first and second weeks of December.” said Shelby. “While most experts are expecting a winter spike this year, it is hard to quantify due to the continually mutating virus, the effects of vaccinations and immunity from being infected. But COVID-19 hasn’t gone away.”

In terms of the flu, Shelby said the U.S. is “definitely seeing marked increases of flu, especially in the South and Southeastern states, including Arkansas. With predictions of a worse flu season than we have seen in years, it’s not too late to get yourself, family, friends and employees vaccinated. And masks help in reducing the spread of flu, also.”

The Garland County Health Unit is administering the flu vaccine and the Pfizer and Moderna Bivalent Booster COVID-19 vaccines. These updated COVID-19 boosters provide protection against the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants. These newer subvariants are more contagious and able to evade protection that your body might have against earlier subvariants. These boosters are for ages 12 and older, to be administered after completion of a monovalent primary series – Moderna, Novavax or Pfizer-BionTech. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/interim-considerations-us.html.

The health unit also continues to offer the primary vaccination series of Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer on a walk-in basis and at no charge. 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 Hot Springs/Garland County COVID-19 Task Force is only meeting as needed, but Shelby provides his weekly COVID-19 update electronically to the group.

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
    HS GC COVID-19 testing sites and hotline flyer 7-23-20

Download a PDF flyer of the testing sites in Garland County to print/display/share.

Arkansas Face Mask Guidance

Information on Quarantine

Arkansas COVID-19 Website

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ADH Call Center

1-800-803-7847

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

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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Unemployed?    

Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Unemployment Hotline

1-844-908-2178

(6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday)

arunemployment.com

Family / Personal Wellbeing  

Child Abuse Hotline

1-844-Save-A-Child

(24/7)

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Mental Health and Addiction Services Support Line

1-844-763-0198

(8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

(24/7)

COVID-19 Related Funeral Assistance

FEMA Funeral Assistance