A report from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement released this week showed that 226 school districts in the state have COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period.

The center said the 227 districts is 97 percent of the total number of school districts in the state.

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Because of the numbers, ACHI has called for the implementation of mask mandates for students and teachers, suspension of public activities and virtual instruction in districts where cases see a significant spike.

According to the report, school districts in Southeast Arkansas that had an infection rate of 200 or more new cases over a 14-day period included Stuttgart, Star City and Pine Bluff,

Districts reporting at least 50 new infections over a 14-day period included Dermott, Dewitt, Drew Central, Dumas, Fordyce, Hermitage, McGehee, Monticello and Warren.

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