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.


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.