Schools Hit Hard by COVID According to State
The Arkansas Centers for Health Information (ACHI) reported last week that 94 of the state's school districts were on their list of those with high community infection rates—87 in the red zone and seven in the purple zone. This represents districts which had 50, or more, new COVID-19 infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period. The most recent numbers marked an increase of 18 for the week, while 76 remained of the previous week's 88 districts.
Seven districts had more than 100 new known infections per 10,000 district residents, or more than one percent, including Corning, Marmaduke, Brookland, BIC, Greene County Tech and Paragould in Northeast Arkansas.
All three Clay County schools are on the list, although Corning's 25 active cases was easily the highest while Rector had six active at that time, and Piggott had less than five. According to the ACHI report they indicated there were 54 new cases per 10,000 residents in the Rector District; 73 per 10,000 in the Piggott District and 123 per 10,000 in the Corning District.
The report will be updated later this week, and early indications are that most of the numbers will continue to rise.
The information is made available each week on the ACHI website at www.achi.net