White House task force still seeing ‘red’ in Northeast Arkansas

White House task force still seeing ‘red’ in Northeast Arkansas

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report reveals numerous towns and counties in Northeast Arkansas, including Craighead and Greene, lead the state in cases of COVID-19.

The state recorded 6,739 new cases in the week ending Nov. 1. That’s a 2% increase from the previous week. According to the report, Arkansas had 223 new cases per 100,000 population. The national average is 165 per 100,000.

Currently, 75% of all counties have moderate or high levels of community transmission, with 27% having high levels of community transmission (red zone).

Towns in the red zone include:

  • Jonesboro
  • Texarkana
  • Paragould
  • Blytheville
  • Mountain Home
  • Helena-West Helena
  • El Dorado
  • Camden

Counties in the red zone include:

  • Craighead
  • Greene
  • Mississippi
  • Miller
  • Poinsett
  • Jackson
  • Lawrence
  • Baxter
  • Phillips
  • Arkansas
  • Sevier
  • Union

The task force proposed several recommendations, including limiting restaurant indoor capacity to less than 50% and restricting hours until cases and test positivity decrease.

It also recommended that masks be worn in all public places and at gatherings with people living outside a household.

“Stop gatherings beyond immediate household until cases and test positivity decrease significantly,” it stated.

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