For Immediate Release
Jan. 28, 2021

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NUMBER OF ARKANSAS SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH HIGH COMMUNITY INFECTION RATES NOW AT 128

128 Districts Have Had 50 or More New Known COVID-19 Infections per 10K Residents Over 14 Days; Seven Districts Top 100 Infections per 10K

LITTLE ROCK ― A total of 128 Arkansas school districts have COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, down from 175 a week ago, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement said Thursday. Of those districts, seven have 14-day COVID-19 infection rates of 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents, or more than 1% of local residents, down from 22 districts last week.

ACHI identified school districts with high infection rates by analyzing data received Monday from the Arkansas Department of Health. The infections are among community residents living within the geographical boundaries of the school districts and are not specific to school employees and students. Known infections include confirmed and probable cases. Probable cases are based on verbal reporting and antigen test results, as identified by the Department of Health.

ACHI identifies districts with 50 to 99 new known infections per 10,000 residents as being in the “red zone” and districts with 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 residents as being in the “purple zone.” The districts are shaded in these colors on the school district map on ACHI’s COVID-19 in Arkansas web page at achi.net/covid19.

Rates of new known infections in school districts across the state, as well as counts of cumulative and new infections, are tracked on ACHI’s COVID-19 in Arkansas web page. Rates and counts are not shown for districts with fewer than five 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.

As of Monday, the following 128 school districts had a rate of at least 50 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over the previous 14 days. Seven school districts, denoted with asterisks, were added to the list this week, and 121 remained on the list.

• Alma
• Alpena
• Arkadelphia
• Atkins
• Augusta
• Barton-Lexa
• Bauxite
• Bay
• Benton
• Bentonville
• Bergman
• Blevins*
• Booneville
• Bradford
• Brinkley – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
• Brookland
• Bryant
• Cabot
• Camden Fairview
• Carlisle
• Cedarville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
• Charleston
• Clarendon
• Clarksville
• Cleveland County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
• Clinton
• Conway
• Corning
• County Line
• Cutter-Morning Star
• Danville
• Dardanelle
• DeWitt
• Dover
• Drew Central
• East End
• East Poinsett County
• Elkins
• England
• Eureka Springs
• Farmington
• Fayetteville
• Fordyce – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
• Forrest City
• Fort Smith
• Gentry
• Glen Rose
• Greenbrier
• Greene County Tech
• Greenwood
• Gurdon*
• Guy-Perkins – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
• Hackett
• Hamburg
• Hampton
• Harmony Grove (Saline County)
• Harrison
• Hazen – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
• Hector
• Hope
• Hot Springs
• Jacksonville
• Jonesboro
• Kirby
• Lafayette County*
• Lake Hamilton
• Lakeside
• Lavaca
• Lincoln
• Little Rock
• Lonoke
• Magazine
• Magnet Cove
• Malvern
• Marion
• Marked Tree
• Mayflower
• McCrory
• McGehee
• Melbourne
• Mena
• Monticello
• Mountainburg*
• Mt. Vernon/Enola
• Mulberry/Pleasant View
• Nemo Vista
• Nettleton
• Norfork
• North Little Rock
• Ouachita
• Ozark
• Ozark Mountain*
• Paragould
• Paris
• Pea Ridge
• Perryville
• Pine Bluff
• Pottsville
• Prairie Grove – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
• Prescott*
• Pulaski County Special
• Rector
• Rivercrest
• Rogers
• Russellville
• Scranton
• Siloam Springs
• Smackover
• South Conway County
• South Side
• Springdale
• Star City
• Strong-Huttig
• Stuttgart
• Trumann
• Two Rivers
• Valley Springs*
• Van Buren
• Vilonia
• Waldron
• Warren
• Watson Chapel
• Western Yell County
• Westside
• White Hall
• Woodlawn
• Wynne
• Yellville-Summit

The following 54 districts were in the red or purple zone a week earlier but have dropped below that level this week:

• Batesville
• Bearden
• Beebe
• Berryville
• Bismarck
• Cave City
• Cedar Ridge
• Centerpoint
• Cross County
• Dermott
• Des Arc
• El Dorado
• Flippin
• Fountain Lake
• Green Forest
• Greenland
• Harmony Grove (Clark, Dallas, and Ouachita Counties)
• Harrisburg
• Heber Springs
• Helena/West Helena
• Hermitage
• Highland
• Huntsville
• Izard County Consolidated
• Jackson County
• Jessieville
• Lamar
• Lawrence County
• Lee County
• Mansfield
• Marmaduke
• Marvell
• Midland
• Mount Ida
• Mountain Pine
• Mountain View
• Osceola
• Ouachita River
• Palestine/Wheatley
• Parkers Chapel
• Pocahontas
• Quitman
• Riverview
• Searcy
• Sheridan
• Shirley
• Southside
• Valley View
• West Fork
• West Memphis
• West Side
• Westside Consolidated
• White County Central
• Wonderview

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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