On Friday, Hot Springs National Park announced that due to current COVID-19 levels in Garland County they will be implementing a mask mandate for all federally operated buildings.
"This mandate will be in effect as long as the community level remains in HIGH," the short press release from HSNP said.
According to the most recent Garland County COVID-19 Task Force Report, for the week ending on July 10, there were 213 new cases reported, compared to the previous weeks’ 137 and 150. The number of active cases was at 325, an increase of 61 from the same time the previous week. Check out the full report, here.
Of the three levels of COVID-19 in communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified Garland County at a "High" level. Recommendations for high level communities include:
Wear a mask indoors in public.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.
Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests can be ordered through the U.S. Postal Services here.
COVID-19 vaccines are given at most pharmacies, clinics and health units.
The CDC recommends one booster for everyone 5 years and older, and two boosters for adults 50 and older, or anyone 18 and older who is immunocompromised. To learn more about when to get a booster, click here.