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Arkansas School Districts with High Community Infection Rates Hit New Record with 150

December 17, 2020

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John Lyon
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There are now 150 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 113 a week ago and a new record high, according to data posted today (Dec. 17) on our COVID-19 in Arkansas page. Forty-three school districts were added to the list this week, and 107 remained on the list.

Twenty-three school districts — up from 15 the previous week and also a record high — had exceeded 100 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, or more than 1% of district residents: Paragould, Danville, Green Forest, Piggott, McGehee, Elkins, Monticello, Dardanelle, Hermitage, Star City, Blytheville, Bay, Drew Central, Pottsville, Barton-Lexa, Trumann, Warren, East Poinsett County, Cleveland County, Magazine, Clinton, Valley View, and Searcy County.

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.

“Hope for the future has come with two new vaccines before Christmas, but the present threat is greater than ever and will be with us for several months to come,” said ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson. “We must approach the holidays with the goals to keep our schools open and keep our hospitals from being overrun.”

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 150 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.

o   Alma
o   Alpena
o   Arkadelphia*
o   Atkins
o   Augusta*
o   Barton-Lexa – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Bauxite
o   Bay – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Bearden
o   Benton
o   Bergman
o   Berryville
o   Blytheville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Booneville
o   Bradford
o   Brinkley*
o   Brookland
o   Bryant
o   Buffalo Island Central
o   Cabot*
o   Caddo Hills
o   Camden Fairview
o   Carlisle
o   Cedar Ridge
o   Centerpoint
o   Clarendon
o   Clarksville
o   Cleveland County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Clinton* – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Concord
o   Conway
o   Corning
o   County Line
o   Cutter-Morning Star*
o   Danville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Dardanelle – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Dermott
o   Dover
o   Drew Central – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Dumas*
o   East Poinsett County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Elkins – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   England*
o   Eureka Springs*
o   Farmington
o   Fayetteville
o   Fordyce
o   Fort Smith
o   Gentry
o   Glen Rose
o   Gosnell
o   Green Forest – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Greenbrier*
o   Greene County Tech
o   Greenland*
o   Greenwood*
o   Gurdon
o   Guy-Perkins*
o   Hamburg*
o   Harmony Grove (Saline County)
o   Harrisburg
o   Harrison
o   Hazen*
o   Heber Springs*
o   Hermitage – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Highland*
o   Hope*
o   Horatio*
o   Huntsville
o   Jackson County
o   Jasper
o   Jessieville*
o   Jonesboro
o   Kirby
o   Lakeside #1
o   Lavaca*
o   Lawrence County
o   Lead Hill*
o   Lee County
o   Lincoln*
o   Little Rock
o   Lonoke*
o   Magazine – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Magnolia*
o   Malvern
o   Mammoth Spring
o   Manila
o   Marion
o   Marked Tree*
o   Marmaduke
o   Marvell*
o   Maynard*
o   McCrory*
o   McGehee – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Mena
o   Midland
o   Monticello – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Mount Ida
o   Mountain View
o   Mulberry/Pleasant View
o   Nashville*
o   Nemo Vista
o   Nettleton
o   Newport
o   Omaha
o   Osceola
o   Ouachita River
o   Ouachita*
o   Ozark
o   Paragould – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Pea Ridge*
o   Piggott – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Pocahontas
o   Pottsville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Poyen*
o   Prairie Grove
o   Prescott
o   Pulaski County Special*
o   Quitman*
o   Rector
o   Rivercrest
o   Riverside
o   Riverview*
o   Rogers
o   Russellville
o   Salem
o   Scranton*
o   Searcy County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Sheridan
o   Siloam Springs
o   Sloan-Hendrix
o   Smackover
o   South Conway County
o   South Side*
o   Springdale
o   Star City – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Trumann – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Two Rivers*
o   Valley Springs
o   Valley View – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   Van Buren
o   Vilonia*
o   Waldron
o   Warren – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents
o   West Fork*
o   Westside Consolidated
o   White County Central*
o   White Hall
o   Wynne
o   Yellville-Summit*

 

The following six districts were in the red or purple zone a week earlier but have dropped below that level this week: Armorel, Batesville, Hampton, Harmony Grove, Mayflower, and Woodlawn.