Community COVID-19 cases near school districts see slight increase

Community COVID-19 cases near school districts see slight increase
There has been a slight increase in the number of known COVID-19 infections per 10,000 school district residents in the past two weeks, with 179 districts in the state that are a part of a so-called “Red Zone”, a state health group said Thursday. (Source: Live 5/File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - There has been a slight increase in the number of known COVID-19 infections per 10,000 school district residents in the past two weeks, with 179 districts in the state that are a part of a so-called “Red Zone”, a state health group said Thursday.

According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, more than 50% of the state’s school districts have been on the list for four consecutive weeks.

The group measures numbers over a 14-day period and looks at data from the Arkansas Department of Health to determine the list.

However, 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.

The following local districts had at least 50 new known cases per 10,000 residents as of Monday. Officials say an asterisk means the district is new to the list this week.

  • Armorel*
  • Augusta
  • Bald Knob
  • Batesville*
  • Bay
  • Blytheville
  • Brookland
  • Buffalo Island Central
  • Cave City
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Corning
  • Cross County
  • Greene County Tech
  • Harrisburg
  • Heber Springs
  • Highland
  • Hillcrest
  • Hoxie
  • Izard County Consolidated
  • Jonesboro
  • Lawrence County
  • Manila*
  • Marion
  • Marked Tree
  • Marmaduke
  • Maynard*
  • McCrory
  • Melbourne
  • Midland
  • Mountain Home*
  • Mountain View
  • Nettleton
  • Osceola
  • Paragould
  • Pocahontas
  • Rector
  • Riverside
  • Riverview
  • Salem
  • Sloan-Hendrix*
  • Southside
  • Trumann
  • Valley View
  • Westside Consolidated
  • Wynne

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