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:
- Mountain Home
- Helena-West Helena
- El Dorado
Counties in the red zone include:
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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