Per the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, effective Tuesday, Sept. 22, Cleburne County shows a currently the infection rate per 10,000 people of less than one per 10,000 at .80. In the North Central Arkansas survey district, the current rate is 1.85 per 10,000.

The next lowest in the survey district is Van Buren County, to the west, at .85 per 10,000.

While the North Central district has shown a recent increase from its 1.33 per 10,000 average a week ago, other counties in the region are reaching a higher rate of infection. Stone County, to Cleburne’s north, has a 3.52 per 10,000 average.

Using just Heber Springs as a survey area also shows a slight increase, with currently 10-19 infections per 10,000, compared to last week’s 0-9. Aug. 31 the rate was 0-9 or more per.

Greers Ferry remains consistent at 0-9 infections per 10,000, as does Fairfield Bay. Concord, in the past week, has moved to 20-29 infections per 10,000 after several weeks at 0-9.

The Heber Springs School District follows this same trend, of being down to 10-19 per 10,000 at Tuesday’s measure.

Cleburne County, per the Department of Health, has 20 active cases out of a cumulative total of 314, with 286 recoveries and eight deaths due to COVID-19.

Arkansas has 76,364 cases, with 68,456 recoveries. On Monday, an additional 596 cases were added to the total. Deaths to date in the state are listed at 1,197. Statistically, the 25-44 age group has the highest number of cases, making up 33.8 percent of infections. The 65+ age group is 12.3 percent of infections.

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