LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement said on February 24 that while the state continues to experience reduced COVID-19 transmission, and reported new cases in school districts reflect the reduction, low test rates combined with increased home tests reflect the accuracy of reporting of new infections at the school district level.
According to a press release from ACHI, due to concerns about accuracy, it does not expect to be able to provide information at the school district level about new infections after the week of February 24th.
“Due to the prevalence of in-home testing, which is largely unreported to the Arkansas Department of Health or reflected in our report, and because recently reported laboratory-confirmed test rates continue to decline, the figures shown on ACHI’s COVID-19 dashboard represent actual infections and therefore the risk in every community, “said ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson.” In the near future, I recommend that school leaders and school board members also consider county-level information – which is likely to be more meaningful than school-district information at this level. time due to larger populations – to inform their political decisions. ”
ACHI says it plans to continue reporting county-level information in the short term on its COVID-19 dashboard.
In the week of Feb. 24, 15 of Arkansas’ 234 contiguous public school districts have COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more known infections per year. 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, down from 97 last week, according to ACHI, citing its analysis of Arkansas Department of Health data, which is current per. 21. February.
ACHI’s update of the school district map on their COVID-19 dashboard shows that 15 districts are shaded red to indicate 14-day infection rates of 0.5%. That number has dropped from 97 last week.
No district is shaded purple to mean a 14-day infection rate of 1%, down from three last week.
For the second week in a row, no district is pink for a 14-day infection rate of 2% of the local population.
ACHI also updated vaccination rates on its dashboard. 26 school districts have achieved vaccination rates of at least 50% of the district’s residents. Bentonville and Eureka Springs have a vaccination rate of at least 60%.