Number of Arkansas school districts with high community infection rates now at 175
The number of school districts with COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more per 10,000 district residents has decreased slightly over a two-week period.
According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, a total of 175 Arkansas school districts have COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more new infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period. This is down from 201 a week ago, ACHI noted Thursday.
Of those districts, 22 have 14-day COVID-19 infection rates of 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents, or more than 1% of local residents, down from 54 districts last week.
The center identified school districts with high infection rates by analyzing data received Monday, Jan. 18, from the Arkansas Department of Health. The infections are among community residents living within the geographical boundaries of the school districts and are not specific to school employees and students, the ACHI news release explained.
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.
ACHI identifies districts with 50 to 99 new known infections per 10,000 residents as being in the “red zone” and districts with 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 residents as being in the “purple zone.” The districts are shaded in these colors on the school district map on ACHI’s COVID-19 in Arkansas web page at achi.net/covid19.
Rates of new known infections in school districts across the state, as well as counts of cumulative and new infections, are tracked on ACHI’s COVID-19 Arkansas web page. Rates and counts are not shown for districts with fewer than five 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.
As of Jan. 18, the following 175 school districts had a rate of at least 50 new known infections per 10,000 district residents over the previous 14 days. Six school districts, denoted with asterisks, were added to the list this week, and 169 remained on the list. Thirty-two districts dropped off the list.
* Denotes a rate of 100 or more new known infections per 10,000 school district residents.
** Denotes the schools that were added to the list this week.
East Poinsett County**
Greene County Tech
Harmony Grove (Clark, Dallas, and Ouachita Counties)
Harmony Grove (Saline County)
Izard County Consolidated
North Little Rock
Pulaski County Special
South Conway County*
Western Yell County
White County Central**
The following 32 districts were in the red or purple zone a week earlier but have dropped below that level this week:
Buffalo Island Central
ACHI is a nonpartisan, independent health policy center that serves as a catalyst for improving the health of all Arkansans through evidence-based research, public issue advocacy, and collaborative program development.