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Arkansas School Districts with High Community Infection Rates Now at 171

December 31, 2020

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John Lyon
Strategic Communications Manager
501-526-2244
jlyon@achi.net

 

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There are now 171 Arkansas school districts that have had 50 or more new known COVID-19 infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, down from 182 a week ago, according to data posted today (Dec. 31) on our COVID-19 in Arkansas page. This is the third consecutive week that more than 50% of the state’s public school districts have been on the list. Eighteen school districts were added to the list this week, and 153 remained on the list.

Twenty-eight school districts — down from 33 the previous week — had exceeded 100 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, or more than 1% of district residents: Bald Knob, Barton-Lexa, Bay, Bearden, Brinkley, Brookland, Centerpoint, Danville, Dardanelle, Dover, Gentry, Hillcrest, Kirby, Melbourne, Monticello, Mt. Vernon-Enola, Nemo Vista, Pangburn, Prairie Grove, Salem, South Conway County, South Side, Strong-Huttig, Trumann, Warren, West Fork, Western Yell County, and Westside Consolidated.

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.

“As this difficult year comes to an end, the newly developed COVID-19 vaccines give us hope for the future, but we continue to see uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus across the state,” said ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson. “If we forgo traditional New Year’s celebrations and continue taking precautions including social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing in public, our schools, hospitals, and communities will have a better chance of returning to normal before another year passes.”

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 171 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 – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • 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
  • Bergman*
  • Berryville
  • Bismark*
  • Blytheville
  • Bradford
  • Brinkley – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Brookland – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Bryant
  • Buffalo Island Central
  • Cabot
  • Carlisle
  • Cave City*
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Centerpoint – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Charleston
  • Clarendon
  • Clarksville
  • Cleveland County
  • Clinton
  • Concord
  • Conway
  • Corning
  • 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
  • Des Arc*
  • Dierks
  • Dover – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Drew Central
  • Dumas
  • Earle
  • East End
  • East Poinsett County
  • El Dorado
  • England
  • Eureka Springs*
  • Farmington
  • Fayetteville
  • Fordyce
  • Fort Smith
  • Gentry – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Glen Rose
  • Gravette
  • Green Forest
  • Greenbrier
  • Greene County Tech
  • Greenland
  • Greenwood
  • Guy-Perkins
  • Harmony Grove (Clark, Dallas, and Ouachita counties)*
  • Harmony Grove (Saline County)
  • Harrisburg
  • Harrison
  • Hazen
  • Heber Springs
  • Hector
  • Hermitage
  • Highland
  • Hillcrest* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Hope
  • Horatio
  • Hoxie
  • Huntsville
  • Izard County Consolidated
  • Jackson County
  • Jacksonville*
  • Jasper
  • Jessieville
  • Jonesboro
  • Kirby – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Lake Hamilton
  • Lakeside (Garland County)
  • Lamar
  • Lavaca
  • Lawrence County
  • Lee County
  • Lincoln
  • Little Rock
  • Lonoke
  • Magnet Cove
  • Malvern
  • Mammoth Spring
  • Marion
  • Marked Tree
  • Marmaduke
  • Marvell
  • Mayflower*
  • McCrory
  • McGehee
  • Melbourne – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Midland
  • Monticello – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Mountain Pine*
  • Mountain View
  • Mountainburg*
  • Mt. Vernon-Enola – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Nemo Vista – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Nettleton
  • Newport
  • North Little Rock
  • Osceola
  • Ouachita
  • Ouachita River
  • Ozark*
  • Ozark Mountain
  • Pangburn – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Paragould
  • Paris
  • Parkers Chapel
  • Pea Ridge
  • Perryville*
  • Piggott
  • Pocahontas
  • Pottsville
  • Poyen
  • Prairie Grove – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Prescott
  • Pulaski County Special
  • Quitman
  • Rector
  • Riverside
  • Riverview
  • Rogers
  • Russellville
  • Salem – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Scranton
  • Searcy County
  • Searcy
  • Sheridan
  • Siloam Springs
  • Smackover
  • South Conway County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • South Pike County*
  • South Side – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Southside*
  • Springdale
  • Star City
  • 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 View
  • Van Buren
  • Vilonia
  • Waldron*
  • 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 Side (Cleburne County)*
  • Western Yell County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • Westside (Johnson County)*
  • Westside Consolidated – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
  • White Hall
  • Wonderview
  • Wynne
  • Yellville-Summit

 

The following 29 districts were in the red or purple zone a week earlier but have dropped below that level this week:

  • Camden Fairview
  • Cedarville
  • County Line
  • De Queen
  • Dermott
  • Elkins
  • Forrest City
  • Gosnell
  • Hackett
  • Hamburg
  • Helena-West Helena
  • Lakeside (Ashley and Chicot counties)
  • Magazine
  • Manila
  • Maynard
  • Mena
  • Mineral Springs
  • Mount Ida
  • Mountain Home
  • Mulberry-Pleasant View
  • Nashville
  • Omaha
  • Rivercrest
  • Shirley
  • Sloan-Hendrix
  • Valley Springs
  • Viola
  • West Memphis
  • White County Central