LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement reported Nov. 18 that eight school districts have a COVID-19 infection rate of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period.
According to a news report from ACHI, this number is up from zero from the previous week.
On the ACHI map, school districts with 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period are colored red.
A district’s hue is based on infections among local residents living within the geographic boundaries of each school district, not cases among school staff and students, the release said.
Known infections reported by ACHI include confirmed and probable cases. The release says likely cases are based on verbal reporting and antigen test results, as identified by the Department of Health.
Eight school districts have COVID-19 vaccination rates of at least 50% of district residents.
Those neighborhoods are:
- Bentonville at 56%
- Cleveland County, Eureka Springs, Fountain Lake and Magnet Cove at 54%
- Pulaski County Special School District at 52%
- Little Rock and Rogers at 50%
“As we enter the holiday season, COVID-19 continues to be present in all of our communities,” said ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson. “It is very worrying that after a week without red areas, the trend has reversed with eight areas in red this week. I encourage parents to protect their children, and as we prepare for Thanksgiving gatherings next week, I urge you to incorporate COVID-19 precautions into your family’s plans.