For Immediate Release
December 30, 2021

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28 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN RED, PURPLE ZONES ON ACHI’S MAP FOR NEW COVID-19 INFECTIONS

18 Districts at or Above 50% Vaccination Among Residents; Bentonville at 60%

LITTLE ROCK ― Twenty-eight Arkansas public school districts have COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement said Thursday, citing its analysis of Arkansas Department of Health data current as of Monday.

One of those 28 districts, five have infection rates of more than 100 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, the nonpartisan health policy center said.

ACHI’s map showing COVID-19 infection rates in school districts ― available at achi.net/covid19 ― uses the following color key: 0 to 9 new known infections per 10,000 residents over 14 days, dark green; 10 to 19 infections per 10K residents, light green; 20 to 29 infections per 10K residents, yellow; 30 to 49 infections per 10K residents, orange; 50 to 99 infections per 10K residents, red; and 100 or more infections per 10K residents, purple.

ACHI did not update its COVID-19 dashboard last week due to the Christmas holiday, but it said Thursday that last week 26 districts had COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, which put them in the “red zone.” No districts were in the “purple zone” last week. ACHI’s dashboard has been updated to include last week’s data in the trend tables.

As of Monday, the following 28 school districts had infection rates of at least 50 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over the previous 14 days. An asterisk indicates that a district is new to the list this week.

  • Alpena
  • Atkins*
  • Brookland – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Calico Rock*
  • East Poinsett County
  • Flippin
  • Greenbrier*
  • Gurdon*
  • Harrisburg
  • Jonesboro* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Lawrence County
  • Magnet Cove
  • Mammoth Spring*
  • Marion*
  • Mayflower
  • Maynard
  • Melbourne
  • Mt. Vernon-Enola*
  • Nettleton – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Osceola*
  • Rivercrest*
  • Riverside*
  • Searcy County
  • Star City
  • Valley View* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • West Memphis*
  • Western Yell County
  • Westside Consolidated – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

The color-shading of a district is based on infections among community residents living within the geographical boundaries of each school district and not on cases among school employees and students.

Known infections reported by ACHI include confirmed and probable cases. Probable cases are based on verbal reporting and antigen test results, as identified by the Department of Health.

Infection rates and counts are not shown for districts with fewer than five reported infections to reduce the possibility of identifying individuals. School district counts do not include infections among incarcerated populations, in nursing homes, or in human development centers.

ACHI also updated the maps and tables on its website displaying vaccination rates by public school district, community, and ZIP code, using Department of Health data current as of Monday. Eighteen school districts have achieved vaccination rates of at least 50% of district residents, which includes one district, Bentonville, at 60%.

ACHI is a nonpartisan, independent health policy center that serves as a catalyst for improving the health of all Arkansans through evidence-based research, public issue advocacy, and collaborative program development.

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