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Arkansas School Districts with High Community Infection Rates Hit New Record with 182

December 23, 2020

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Tim Holder
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There are now 182 Arkansas school districts that have had 50 or more new known COVID-19 infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period — up from 150 a week ago — which is a new record high for the second week in a row, according to data posted today (Dec. 23) on our COVID-19 in Arkansas page. Forty-one school districts were added to the list this week, and 132 remained on the list.

Thirty-three school districts — up from 23 the previous week and also a record high for the second consecutive week — had exceeded 100 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, or more than 1% of district residents: Barton-Lexa, Bay, Bearden, Brookland, Cleveland County, Clinton, Danville, Dardanelle, Dover, Elkins, Gentry, Glen Rose, Green Forest, Monticello, Mt. Vernon/Enola, Newport, Ouachita, Pangburn, Paragould, Pea Ridge, Piggott, Pottsville, Salem, Scranton, South Conway County, South Side, Star City, Strong-Huttig, Trumann, Warren, West Fork, White County Central, and Wynne.

Our team 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.

“What these numbers reflect is that Arkansas is experiencing uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus at a time when families, friends, and neighbors traditionally gather for holiday celebrations,” said ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson. “Our actions to break the spread of this virus are critical to our schools, hospitals, and communities. We need to make this Christmas season different and take all precautions so that our loved ones are with us for a more traditional holiday next year.”

Rates of new known infections in school districts across the state, as well as counts of cumulative and new infections, are tracked on our COVID-19 in Arkansas 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 182 school districts had a rate of at least 50 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over the previous 14 days. An asterisk denotes a district that entered the list this week.

  • Alma
  • Alpena
  • Arkadelphia
  • Atkins
  • Augusta
  • Bald Knob*
  • Barton-Lexa – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Bauxite
  • Bay – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Bearden – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Benton
  • Bentonville*
  • Berryville
  • Blytheville
  • Bradford
  • Brinkley
  • Brookland – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Bryant
  • Buffalo Island Central
  • Cabot
  • Camden Fairview
  • Carlisle
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Cedarville*
  • Centerpoint
  • Charleston*
  • Clarendon
  • Clarksville
  • Cleveland County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Clinton – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Concord
  • Conway
  • Corning
  • County Line
  • Cross County*
  • Crossett*
  • Cutter-Morning Star
  • Danville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Dardanelle – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Decatur*
  • Deer/Mt. Judea*
  • DeQueen*
  • Dermott
  • Dierks*
  • Dover – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Drew Central
  • Dumas
  • Earle*
  • East End*
  • East Poinsett County
  • El Dorado*
  • Elkins – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • England
  • Farmington
  • Fayetteville
  • Fordyce
  • Forrest City*
  • Fort Smith
  • Gentry – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Glen Rose – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Gosnell
  • Gravette*
  • Green Forest – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Greenbrier
  • Greene County Tech
  • Greenland
  • Greenwood
  • Guy-Perkins
  • Hackett*
  • Hamburg
  • Harmony Grove (Saline County)
  • Harrisburg
  • Harrison
  • Hazen
  • Heber Springs
  • Hector*
  • Helena/West Helena*
  • Hermitage
  • Highland
  • Hope
  • Horatio
  • Hoxie*
  • Huntsville
  • Izard County Consolidated*
  • Jackson County
  • Jasper
  • Jessieville
  • Jonesboro
  • Kirby
  • Lake Hamilton*
  • Lakeside*
  • Lakeside #1
  • Lamar*
  • Lavaca
  • Lawrence County
  • Lee County
  • Lincoln
  • Little Rock
  • Lonoke
  • Magazine
  • Magnet Cove*
  • Malvern
  • Mammoth Spring
  • Manila
  • Marion
  • Marked Tree
  • Marmaduke
  • Marvell
  • Maynard
  • McCrory
  • McGehee
  • Melbourne*
  • Mena
  • Midland
  • Mineral Springs*
  • Monticello – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Mount Ida
  • Mountain Home*
  • Mountain View
  • Vernon/Enola* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Mulberry/Pleasant View
  • Nashville
  • Nemo Vista
  • Nettleton
  • Newport – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • North Little Rock*
  • Omaha
  • Osceola
  • Ouachita – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Ouachita River
  • Ozark Mountain*
  • Pangburn* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Paragould – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Paris*
  • Parkers Chapel*
  • Pea Ridge – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Piggott – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Pocahontas
  • Pottsville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Poyen
  • Prairie Grove
  • Prescott
  • Pulaski County Special
  • Quitman
  • Rector
  • Rivercrest
  • Riverside
  • Riverview
  • Rogers
  • Russellville
  • Salem – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Scranton – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Searcy*
  • Searcy County
  • Sheridan
  • Shirley*
  • Siloam Springs
  • Sloan-Hendrix
  • Smackover
  • South Conway County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • South Side – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Springdale
  • Star City – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Strong-Huttig* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Stuttgart*
  • Trumann – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Two Rivers
  • Valley Springs
  • Valley View
  • Van Buren
  • Vilonia
  • Viola*
  • Warren – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • West Fork – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • West Memphis*
  • Western Yell County*
  • Westside Consolidated
  • White County Central – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • White Hall
  • Wonderview*
  • Wynne – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Yellville-Summit

The following nine districts were in the red or purple zone a week earlier but have dropped below that level this week: Bergman, Booneville, Caddo Hills, Eureka Springs, Gurdon, Lead Hill, Magnolia, Ozark, and Waldron.