Community COVID-19 cases continue to put dozens of school districts in “red zone”

2 NEA districts had 100 or more new infections

Community COVID-19 cases continue to put dozens of school districts in “red zone”

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - An increase in the number of COVID-19 cases around the state has led to increases in areas where school districts are located, a state health group said Thursday.

According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, communities, where 40 school districts are located around the state, have seen 50 or more new known COVID-19 infections per 10,000 district residents in a 14-day period.

Two Northeast Arkansas districts--Mammoth Spring and Marked Tree--had 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period. As a result, ACHI added a new color (purple) to signify districts 1% or more of the community infected.

For the week of Oct. 5 through 19, there were 42 school district communities listed.

The infections are among the people in the community living within the boundaries of the districts and are not limited to students and school employees. Known infections, according to ACHI, include both confirmed and probable cases based on verbal reporting and antigen test results.

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According to the group, the following school districts had a rate of at least 50 new known infections per 10,000 district residents for Oct. 13 through 26. An asterisk denotes a district that entered the red zone this week.:

  • Armorel School District
  • Augusta School District*
  • Barton-Lexa School District
  • Bay School District*
  • Blytheville School District
  • Brookland School District
  • Buffalo Island Central School District
  • Corning Public Schools
  • Cross County School District*
  • East Poinsett County School District*
  • Gosnell School District*
  • Green Forest School District
  • Greene County Technical School District
  • Harrisburg School District
  • Helena-West Helena School District
  • Highland School District*
  • Hillcrest School District
  • Hoxie School District
  • Jackson County School District
  • Jonesboro Public Schools
  • Lawrence County School District
  • Mammoth Spring School District (rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents)
  • Manila School District
  • Marion School District*
  • Marked Tree School District (rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10K residents)
  • Marmaduke School District
  • McCrory School District*
  • Nettleton School District
  • Nevada School District
  • Osceola School District*
  • Ozark School District
  • Paragould School District
  • Piggott School District*
  • Pocahontas School District
  • Riverside School District
  • Sloan-Hendrix School District
  • Texarkana School District*
  • Trumann School District
  • Valley View School District
  • Waldron School District*

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