Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas wine survey seeks to build a database

Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas wine survey seeks to build a database. “Many Arkansans do not know about the state’s more than 100 years of wine production. ‘What boggles me is so many people that have been born and raised here don’t know that we have this wonderful oasis here in Altus,’ said Audrey House, the owner and operator of Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery near Altus.”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Education notebook

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Education notebook. “The Arkansas Department of Education has created the Statewide Community Resources Portal, a website to connect schools and communities with information about available support or ‘wrap-around’ services. State Education Secretary Johnny Key announced the establishment of the resources portal during Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s most recent weekly news conference on the covid-19 pandemic in the state. Wrap-around services can include financial, health care and housing assistance, as well as abuse services, day care options and transportation assistance.”

University of Arkansas Little Rock: UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center creates website visualizing American Indian removal through Arkansas

University of Arkansas Little Rock: UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center creates website visualizing American Indian removal through Arkansas. “The center has completed a two-year research project, ‘Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas,’ that includes a website and interactive touchscreen table that visually maps the journey of American Indians who journeyed through Arkansas after the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The project was funded by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.”

RawStory: GOP county chair in Arkansas dies from COVID-19 – his committee hosted a maskless gathering last month

RawStory: GOP county chair in Arkansas dies from COVID-19 – his committee hosted a maskless gathering last month. “Steven Farmer’s GOP committee hosted a social gathering with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who just recovered from COVID-19, in mid-September. The Reagan Day event was photographed extensively, and it showed very few masks being worn and no social distancing.”

THV11: Over 3,600 COVID-19 cases reported in Arkansas public schools

THV11: Over 3,600 COVID-19 cases reported in Arkansas public schools. “Reports show that the highest number of COVID-19 cases in public schools come from Springdale and Fort Smith School Districts in northwest Arkansas. Fort Smith leads with 151 cases, followed by Springdale with 135. The Little Rock School District comes in third with only 92 cases. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville also reported an extremely high total of cases with 1,786, which is over half of the state’s total COVID-19 cases in colleges and universities.”

KUAR: States Adds Over 500 New COVID-19 Cases, New Data On Coronavirus Cases And School Districts Released

KUAR: States Adds Over 500 New COVID-19 Cases, New Data On Coronavirus Cases And School Districts Released. “Arkansas added over 500 new coronavirus cases Thursday as the start date for schools is set for Monday, fewer than five days away. The state saw 549 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 54,765. Of those total cases, 5,666 are considered active according to the state Department of Health.”

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: Screening Tool Helps COVID-19 Patients Isolate

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: Screening Tool Helps COVID-19 Patients Isolate. “The Office of Population Health at UAMS created a screening tool that would help identify people who may not have a safe place to isolate once testing positive for COVID-19. Kristie Hadden, Ph.D., is director of population health, an office created to address the needs of vulnerable groups. In the early days of the pandemic, one of the directors in the homeless shelter network approached Hadden’s office for assistance in identifying and helping COVID-19 positive individuals who were unable to quarantine.”

Mother Jones: Arkansas Told Corrections Officers to Keep Working Even If They’re Infected With COVID-19

Mother Jones: Arkansas Told Corrections Officers to Keep Working Even If They’re Infected With COVID-19. “The Arkansas Department of Corrections, facing a lawsuit about prison conditions during the pandemic, told a court that due to a severe staff shortage, correctional officers who are currently infected are permitted to clock in at certain prisons as long as they are asymptomatic and wear a face mask. But since asymptomatic carriers can still spread the disease, attorneys for incarcerated people in Arkansas worry the policy will worsen infection rates.”

‘We’re not prepared to go into Phase 2’: 130 new cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas (KATV)

KATV: ‘We’re not prepared to go into Phase 2’: 130 new cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas. “With 130 new COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday, Arkansas saw one of its biggest jumps in confirmed cases since the virus reached the state in March. There are 928 active cases in the state, with 522 cases in the community, 305 cases in correctional facilities and 101 cases in nursing homes. Of the 130 new cases, 113 come from the community in Union, Pulaski, Craighead, Jefferson, Sharp and St. Francis counties.”