Schools districts continue to have high rates of Covid infections

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement said on Thursday morning that all but nine of Arkansas’s 234 contiguous public school districts have Covid-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, the ACHI said in a press release.

Those numbers are based on the ACHI’s analysis of Arkansas Department of Health data current as of Monday.

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ACHI’s latest update of the school districts map on its COVID-19 dashboard, available at achi.net/covid19, shows that nine districts are in the “orange zone” for having 14-day infection rates of 30 to 49 new known infections per 10,000 residents. This is the first time in four weeks that any district has had a 14-day infection rate below 50 new known infections per 10,000 residents.

The nine districts in orange are Dumas, Earl, Fouke, Genoa Central, Lafayette County, Mount Ida, Ouachita River, Strong-Huttig, and Texarkana.

Of the remaining 225 districts on the map, 109 are shaded red for 14-day infection rates of 50 to 99 new known infections per 10,000 residents, up from 12 last week; 114 are shaded purple for 14-day infection rates of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10,000 residents, or at least 1% of the local population, down from 118 last week; and two are shaded pink for 14-day infection rates of 200 or more new known infections per 10,000 residents, or at least 2% of the local population, down from 104 last week.

ACHI also updated vaccination rates on its dashboard, using Department of Health data current as of Monday. Twenty-five school districts have achieved vaccination rates of at least 50 percent of district residents, and of those, two have achieved vaccination rates of 60% or more: Bentonville at 62 percent and Eureka Springs at 60 percent. The Department of Health’s vaccinations counts include people who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; they do not take into account whether people have received booster shots, which are recommended for maximum protection against the omicron variant.

Districts with 14-day Covid-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents are as follows:

  • Alma

  • Alpena

  • Arkadelphia

  • Armorel

  • Ashdown

  • Atkins – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Augusta – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bald Knob – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Barton-Lexa – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Batesville – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bauxite – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bay – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bearden

  • Beebe – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Benton – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bentonville – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bergman

  • Berryville

  • Bismarck – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Blevins – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Blytheville

  • Booneville

  • Bradford – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Brinkley

  • Brookland – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Bryant – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Buffalo Island Central – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cabot – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Caddo Hills

  • Calico Rock

  • Camden Fairview

  • Carlisle – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cave City – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cedar Ridge – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cedarville

  • Centerpoint

  • Charleston

  • Clarendon – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Clarksville

  • Cleveland County – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Clinton

  • Concord – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Conway – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Corning – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cossatot River

  • Cotter

  • County Line

  • Cross County

  • Crossett – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Cutter-Morning Star

  • Danville – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Dardanelle – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Decatur

  • Deer-Mt. Judea – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • De Queen

  • Dermott

  • Des Arc – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • DeWitt – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Dierks

  • Dover – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Drew Central – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • East End – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • East Poinsett County – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • El Dorado

  • Elkins – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Emerson-Taylor-Bradley

  • England

  • Eureka Springs – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Farmington – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Fayetteville – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Flippin

  • Fordyce

  • Foreman

  • Forrest City

  • Fort Smith – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Fountain Lake

  • Gentry

  • Glen Rose – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Gosnell

  • Gravette

  • Green Forest

  • Greenbrier – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Greene County Tech

  • Greenland

  • Greenwood

  • Gurdon – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Guy-Perkins – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Hackett

  • Hamburg – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Hampton – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Harmony Grove (Clark, Dallas, and Ouachita Counties) – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Harmony Grove (Saline County) – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Harrisburg – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Harrison – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Hazen – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Heber Springs – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Hector

  • Helena-West Helena

  • Hermitage – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Highland

  • Hillcrest

  • Hope

  • Horatio

  • Hot Springs

  • Hoxie – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Huntsville

  • Izard County Consolidated – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Jackson County – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Jacksonville – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Jasper

  • Jessieville

  • Jonesboro

  • Junction City

  • Kirby

  • Lake Hamilton

  • Lakeside

  • Lakeside (Ashley and Chicot Counties)

  • Lamar – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Lavaca

  • Lawrence County – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Lead Hill

  • Lee County

  • Lincoln

  • Little Rock – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Lonoke – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Magazine

  • Magnet Cove

  • Magnolia

  • Malvern – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mammoth Spring

  • Manila

  • Mansfield

  • Marion

  • Marked Tree – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Marmaduke – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Marvell

  • Mayflower – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Maynard

  • McCrory – rate of 200 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • McGehee – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Melbourne – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mena – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Midland – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mineral Springs

  • Monticello – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mountain Home

  • Mountain Pine

  • Mountain View – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mountainburg

  • Mt. Vernon-Enola – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Mulberry-Pleasant View

  • Nashville

  • Nemo Vista – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Nettleton

  • Nevada

  • Newport – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Norfork

  • North Little Rock

  • Omaha

  • Osceola

  • Ouachita – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Ozark

  • Ozark Mountain

  • Palestine-Wheatley – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Pangburn – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Paragould – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Paris – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Parkers Chapel – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Pea Ridge – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Perryville

  • Piggott

  • Pine Bluff

  • Pocahontas – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Pottsville – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Poyen – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Prairie Grove – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Prescott – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Pulaski County Special – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Quitman – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Rector – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Rivercrest – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Riverside – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Riverview – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Rogers – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Rose Bud – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Russellville – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Salem – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Scranton

  • Searcy – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Searcy County – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Sheridan

  • Shirley

  • Siloam Springs

  • Sloan-Hendrix

  • Smackover

  • South Conway County – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • South Pike County

  • South Side – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Southside

  • Spring Hill

  • Springdale

  • Star City – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Stuttgart – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Trumann – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Two Rivers – rate of 200 or more new known infections per 10K residents

  • Valley Springs – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Valley View

  • Van Buren – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Vilonia – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Viola

  • Waldron – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Warren – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Watson Chapel

  • West Fork – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • West Memphis

  • West Side – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Western Yell County – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Westside

  • Westside Consolidated

  • White County Central – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • White Hall – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

  • Wonderview

  • Woodlawn

  • Wynne

  • Yellville-Summit – rate of 100 to 199 new known infections per 10K residents

The infection rates reported by ACHI are based on infections among community residents living within the geographical boundaries of each school district and not only on cases among 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. Reported rates do not include complete results from at-home testing, thus the true level of infections is likely higher than that reported.

Infection rates and counts are not reported 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.