ACHI report: Covid infection rates for school districts trending down

In a report issued Thursday morning, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement said 161 public school districts in the state have Covid-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, down from 189 last week.

As was the case last week, Pulaski County Special and North Little Rock school districts didn’t make the list.

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The ACHI also said three of the state’s school districts have achieved Covid-19 vaccination rates of at least 50 percent of district residents and they are:

  • Bentonville … 51

  • Cleveland County … 50

  • Magnet Cove … 50

Among the 161 districts with 14-day infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 residents, 35 have 14-day infection rates of 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 residents, or more than 1% of the total population in each of those districts. This is down from last week’s total of 59, a pandemic record. The information is based on Arkansas Department of Health data obtained Monday.

The school district-level information, along with other local-level data on infection and vaccination rates, can be found on ACHI’s Covid-19 in Arkansas web page at achi.net/covid19. On ACHI’s map of Arkansas school districts, a district with 50 to 99 new known infections per 10,000 residents is shaded red, and a district with 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 residents is shaded purple. The color-shading of a district is based on infections among community residents living within the geographical boundaries of each school district and not on cases among school employees and students.

Known infections reported by ACHI include confirmed and probable cases. Probable cases are based on verbal reporting and antigen test results, as identified by the Department of Health.

Infection rates and counts are not shown for districts with fewer than five reported 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.

ACHI also updated its maps and tables displaying COVID-19 vaccination rates by public school district, community, and ZIP code, using ADH data current as of Monday. This information is the product of a partnership between ACHI and the Arkansas Department of Health.

As of Monday, the following 161 school districts had a rate of at least 50 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over the previous 14 days. An asterisk indicates that a district is new to the list this week.

  • Alma

  • Arkadelphia

  • Ashdown

  • Atkins

  • Augusta

  • Bald Knob

  • Barton-Lexa – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bay

  • Benton

  • Bentonville

  • Bergman

  • Berryville

  • Bismarck

  • Blevins*

  • Blytheville

  • Booneville

  • Brinkley*

  • Brookland – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Buffalo Island Central – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cabot

  • Caddo Hills

  • Camden Fairview

  • Carlisle*

  • Cedarville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Centerpoint – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Clarksville – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cleveland County

  • Concord

  • Corning – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cossatot River

  • County Line

  • Cross County

  • Crossett

  • Cutter-Morning Star

  • Danville

  • Dardanelle

  • Decatur*

  • De Queen

  • Dermott

  • Des Arc

  • Dierks

  • Dover

  • East End

  • East Poinsett County

  • Emerson-Taylor-Bradley

  • Eureka Springs

  • Farmington

  • Fayetteville

  • Fordyce*

  • Foreman – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Forrest City

  • Fort Smith

  • Fouke

  • Gentry

  • Glen Rose

  • Gosnell

  • Gravette

  • Green Forest

  • Greenbrier

  • Greene County Tech

  • Greenland

  • Greenwood

  • Guy-Perkins

  • Hackett

  • Hamburg

  • Harrisburg – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Hazen

  • Heber Springs

  • Hector – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Helena/West Helena – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Hermitage – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Highland

  • Hillcrest*

  • Horatio – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Hoxie – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Huntsville

  • Jasper

  • Jessieville

  • Jonesboro

  • Junction City

  • Kirby – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Lafayette County

  • Lakeside (Ashley and Chicot Counties)*

  • Lamar

  • Lawrence County – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Lincoln

  • Magazine – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Malvern

  • Mammoth Spring

  • Manila – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mansfield

  • Marion

  • Marked Tree

  • Marmaduke – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Marvell

  • McCrory

  • McGehee

  • Mena

  • Midland

  • Mineral Springs

  • Monticello

  • Mount Ida*

  • Mountainburg – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mt. Vernon/Enola – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mulberry-Pleasant View – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Nashville

  • Nemo Vista – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Nettleton

  • Nevada – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Newport

  • Osceola – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Ouachita

  • Ouachita River

  • Ozark – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Palestine-Wheatley*

  • Pangburn*

  • Paragould – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Paris

  • Parkers Chapel

  • Pea Ridge

  • Perryville

  • Piggott

  • Pocahontas – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Pottsville

  • Poyen – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Prairie Grove

  • Prescott

  • Quitman

  • Rector

  • Rivercrest – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Riverside

  • Riverview

  • Rose Bud

  • Russellville

  • Salem*

  • Searcy County

  • Sheridan

  • Siloam Springs

  • Sloan-Hendrix

  • South Conway County

  • South Pike County

  • South Side*

  • Southside

  • Springdale

  • Stuttgart – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Texarkana

  • Trumann

  • Two Rivers

  • Valley View

  • Van Buren – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Waldron – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Warren

  • West Fork

  • West Memphis

  • Western Yell County

  • Westside – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Westside Consolidated – rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • White County Central

  • Wonderview

  • Wynne

  • Yellville-Summit