Arkansas reports more than 3,100 active COVID cases among students and employees of public schools


Arkansas on Thursday reported more than 3,100 active cases of COVID-19 among students and public school employees in 173 school districts across the state, the Associated Press reported.

As most students started school last week for the new school year, the majority of public school students are under masked mandates imposed by districts. The Arkansas Department of Health has reported the 3,102 cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 100 active cases of COVID-19 among students and employees, each reported by the districts of Bentonville, Springdale, Rogers, Cabot and Fort Smith.

This follows the state’s COVID-19 figures a week ago, when just under 1,800 active cases were reported in schools.

“The increase in vaccines will reduce cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

For more Associated Press reporting, see below.

So happy to see> 31,000 doses given with the number of 1st doses almost as high as the number of 2nd doses, but it’s never a good day when we have 32 new deaths from COVID. It represents the loss of neighbors and friends. The increase in vaccines will reduce cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

– Governor Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) August 26, 2021

Arkansas has reported more than 3,100 cases of COVID-19 among students and employees of public schools. In this photo, students attend a class at their elementary school in Berlin on August 9, 2021, after returning from summer vacation and amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tobias Schwarz / AFP via Getty Images

School mask requirements in Arkansas emerged after a Little Rock judge temporarily blocked a state law that bans mask warrants in schools and public places.

Meanwhile, a Lonoke County judge was due to rule on a lawsuit filed by some parents challenging the Cabot District schools mask requirement on Friday. Arkansas ranks fifth in the country for new cases of the virus per capita, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Hawaii’s New Public Service Campaign Recalls 19th Century Disease Epidemic

As Hawaii grapples with an increase in COVID-19 cases, record hospitalizations and stagnant vaccination rates, a campaign of public service announcements is reminiscent of a 19th-century disease outbreak.

The campaign reminds native Hawaiians that when Hawaii was a kingdom, its leaders pushed people to get vaccinated against smallpox in the 1850s. Indigenous people in the state are hit hard by the virus.

Hawaii was once considered a beacon of safety during the pandemic due to strict travel and quarantine restrictions and global vaccine acceptance that have made it one of the most vaccinated states in the country.

But the highly contagious Delta variant exploited weaknesses as residents let their guard down and attend family reunions after months of restrictions.

Some Hawaiians say mistrust of the government resulting from the overthrow of the US-backed monarchy in 1893 is one of the main reasons vaccination rates are lagging behind.

A group of businesses and nonprofits on Thursday launched the public service campaign to reduce vaccine reluctance among Native Hawaiians.

Nevada Man Wins $ 1 Million Vaccine Jackpot Grand Prize

A Las Vegas-area man on Thursday won the $ 1 million grand prize to crown an eight-week COVID-19 vaccine jackpot program.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak created the program to boost enthusiasm for COVID-19 snapshots.

The winners were presented by first name and initials at a live event hosted by the Governor at the Las Vegas Convention Center and assistants at the Riverside Gallery of the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno.

The program called Vax Nevada Days was launched on June 17 with $ 5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. State health data showed the percentage of state residents vaccinated increased by about 10% between the time the prize pool was announced in mid-June and its end on Thursday.

Idaho’s COVID-19 cases rise as volunteers help with contact tracing

Idaho hospitals and public health agencies scramble to increase capacity as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise statewide. But many residents of the state don’t seem to feel the same urgency.

Volunteers are helping with contract research at the Central District Health Department, and health education classrooms are being converted to COVID-19 treatment units in northern Idaho.

On Thursday, some hospitals in Idaho narrowly avoided asking the state to adopt “standards of care in crises” – where scarce health care resources are allocated to patients most likely to suffer from it. benefit – in part through state-wide coordination.

Meanwhile, unmasked spectators sat side by side in the screening arena at Western Idaho Fair this week as children maneuvered cattle around the ring. In the West Ada School District, Idaho’s largest school district, 21% of students had officially “waived” the district’s mask requirement by the end of the first day of school on Thursday.

“Our forecast is bad, to put it bluntly,” said Dr. Frank Johnson, vice president of medical affairs for the St. Luke Health System.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations have doubled every two weeks since July 24, he said.

Woman waits for COVID-19 test in California
Ana Aguirre, 50, who said she was showing symptoms of COVID-19, waits to be tested for the virus at Families Together of Orange County on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Tustin, California.
Jae C. Hong / AP Photo


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