Per the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, effective Tuesday, Oct. 27, Cleburne County shows an infection rated for COVID-19 of 1.20 per 10,000 an overall, slight, reduction from its 1.48 per 10,000 earlier in the month. October began with .77 per 10,000 infection rate.

The North Central Arkansas survey district, of which Cleburne County is a part, continues with its upward trend, currently at 3.29 infections per 10,000, a steady climb through the month. October began with 1.85 infections per 10,000 in that district.

Also in the North Central survey district, Stone County, to Cleburne’s north, was a 3.52 per 10,000 average three weeks ago and is now down to .8 per 10,000. This places it slightly behind Van Buren County, at .97 per 10,000. Searcy County, also in the North Central district, shows 2.92 infections per 10,000, and Izard County, same district, shows one of the largest in the state at 13.79 per 10,000.

For this week, counties to the south show higher numbers. White County, also a member of the North Central survey district, shows 2.51 per 10,000. Faulkner County, a member of the Central district to White County’s west, is 2.13 against that district’s 2.03 per 10,000.

Using just Heber Springs as a survey area also shows 20-29 infections per 10,00, an increase after several weeks at the 10-19 level. Greers Ferry is also registering an increase of the same score, 20-29 infections per 10,000, also after weeks in the 10-19 range. Fairfield Bay remains consistent at 0-9 infections per 10,000, as it has since September.

The Heber Springs School District remains at 10-19 infections per 10,000, up from 0-9 score of two weeks ago. Concord School District currently shows 50 or more infections per 10,000, the highest possible ranking on the ACHI scale. Pangburn School District, to its south, is at 30-49 per 10,000.

Cleburne County, per the Department of Health, has 30 active cases, down from 37 of two weeks ago. Recoveries in the county are at 410 cases, with total deaths at 15 due to COVID-19.

Arkansas has 106,727 cases Tuesday morning, up from 99,066 of last week and 93,487 the week prior, with 94,528 recoveries. The state saw several days of 1,100-plus new infections in the past week for a total of 7,049 over the seven-day period, setting a new record for per-week infections per the independent web site.

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