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Arkansas School Districts with High Community Infection Rates Now at 94

December 3, 2020

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John Lyon
Strategic Communications Manager
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jlyon@achi.net

 

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There are now 94 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 117 a week earlier, according to data posted today (Dec 3.) on our COVID-19 in Arkansas page. Eighteen school districts were added to the list this week, and 76 remained on the list.

Seven districts had more than 100 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, or more than 1% of district residents: Brookland, Buffalo Island Central, Corning, Dermott, Marmaduke, Monticello, and Paragould. This is down from eight districts a week earlier. Five of the districts are in Northeast Arkansas and two are in Southeast Arkansas.

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.

“We are entering into a tough season,” said ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson. “If we do not do the right thing, we are putting other Arkansans, including our loved ones, at great risk. We must act responsibly: Wash hands often, keep at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in your home when possible, and wear a mask in any public place where maintaining distance is not possible.”

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 94 school districts had a rate of at least 50 new known infections per 10,000 district residents, or more than 0.5% of the population, over the previous 14 days. An asterisk denotes a district that entered the list this week.

o   Alma
o   Alpena
o   Armorel
o   Atkins
o   Barton-Lexa
o   Bauxite
o   Bearden
o   Benton
o   Bergman
o   Berryville
o   Booneville
o   Bradford
o   Brookland – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Buffalo Island Central – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Camden Fairview*
o   Cedar Ridge
o   Clarendon
o   Cleveland County
o   Corning – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Crossett*
o   Cutter-Morning Star
o   Dardanelle
o   Dermott – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Drew Central*
o   Earle
o   Fayetteville
o   Flippin
o   Fordyce
o   Fort Smith
o   Gosnell
o   Green Forest
o   Greene County Tech
o   Gurdon
o   Hamburg
o   Hampton
o   Harmony Grove (Clark, Dallas, and Ouachita Counties)
o   Harrisburg*
o   Harrison
o   Hermitage*
o   Hoxie*
o   Jackson County
o   Jasper
o   Jonesboro
o   Kirby*
o   Lakeside
o   Lawrence County
o   Magnolia
o   Malvern
o   Manila
o   Marmaduke – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Marvell*
o   McGehee
o   Mena
o   Midland*
o   Monticello* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Mount Ida*
o   Mountain Home
o   Mt. Vernon/Enola
o   Nemo Vista
o   Nettleton
o   Newport*
o   Omaha*
o   Ouachita River
o   Ozark Mountain
o   Ozark*
o   Paragould – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Paris
o   Piggott
o   Poyen*
o   Prairie Grove
o   Prescott
o   Rector
o   Riverside
o   Riverview
o   Russellville
o   Salem
o   Searcy
o   Sheridan
o   Sloan-Hendrix
o   South Conway County
o   South Side*
o   Springdale
o   Star City*
o   Trumann
o   Valley Springs
o   Valley View
o   Viola
o   Waldron
o   Warren*
o   Westside Consolidated
o   White County Central
o   White Hall
o   Wynne
o   Yellville-Summit

 

The following 41 districts were in the red or purple zone a week earlier but have dropped below that level this week:

o   Ashdown
o   Bay
o   Beebe
o   Blytheville
o   Bryant
o   Carlisle
o   Cave City
o   Cedarville
o   Cossatot River
o   Cotter
o   County Line
o   Cross County
o   Danville
o   DeWitt
o   England
o   Greenwood
o   Guy-Perkins
o   Harmony Grove (Saline County)
o   Hector
o   Highland
o   Hillcrest
o   Hope
o   Horatio
o   Izard County Consolidated
o   Lake Hamilton
o   Lincoln
o   Magnet Cove
o   Mammoth Spring
o   Marion
o   Marked Tree
o   Mulberry/Pleasant View
o   Osceola
o   Ouachita
o   Pocahontas
o   Pottsville
o   Rose Bud
o   Scranton
o   South Pike County
o   Van Buren
o   West Fork
o   Western Yell County