5 News: Arkansas People’s History Project launches online Women’s Project Exhibit

I missed the launch of this resource in February. 5 News: Arkansas People’s History Project launches online Women’s Project Exhibit. “The Arkansas People’s History Project (APHP) launched The Women’s Project exhibit on its website Thursday, Feb. 3. The exhibit explores the early history of a multiracial network of women that tackled racism, sexism, homophobia and economic injustice across rural and urban Arkansas in the 1980s and 1990s.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas’ active covid cases grow 2nd straight day, though concern of new surge still low

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas’ active covid cases grow 2nd straight day, though concern of new surge still low. “Growing for the second day in a row, Arkansas’ active case total, representing people who tested positive and are potentially still infectious, rose back above 1,000 on Thursday even as the state’s number of hospitalized patients continued to decline. The state’s death toll from the virus, as tracked by the Arkansas Department of Health, rose by five, to 11,301.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas Health Department to continue free covid testing for uninsured even without federal help

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas Health Department to continue free covid testing for uninsured even without federal help. “Although a federal program is no longer paying for it, the Arkansas Department of Health will continue to provide free coronavirus testing for the uninsured at its local health units around the state, a spokeswoman said. Over the past two years, the Health Department has received $13.4 million from the federal Covid-19 Uninsured Program for providing the tests — more than any other health care provider in the state, according to data from a federal website.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Number of Arkansans hospitalized with covid drops below 400 for first time since November

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Number of Arkansans hospitalized with covid drops below 400 for first time since November. “The number of Arkansans hospitalized with covid-19 dropped below 400 Saturday for the first time since Nov. 29, 2021, shortly before the surge of the omicron variant, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health. After a slight increase Friday, the number of hospitalizations fell by 41 to 371. Covid-19 patients in intensive care also decreased Saturday after increasing Friday. The new total of 121 intensive care patients is the lowest level since Nov. 18, according to Health Department data.”

Log Cabin Democrat: Arkansas plant health clinic’s updated plant disease image database now available

Log Cabin Democrat: Arkansas plant health clinic’s updated plant disease image database now available. “For Arkansas growers, gardeners, and homeowners, the ability to identify plant health issues is critical to the success of their crop. The Arkansas Plant Health Clinic, located in Fayetteville and supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, serves these growers by providing resources to help solve plant disease problems. The clinic’s Plant Disease Image Database, an online image library that lists hundreds of plant diseases, has been recently updated by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Information Technology department. The database is now available on mobile devices.”

New York Times: Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid

New York Times: Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid. “Detainees at an Arkansas jail who had Covid-19 were unknowingly treated by the detention center’s doctor with ivermectin, a drug that health officials have continually said is dangerous and should not be used to treat or prevent a coronavirus infection, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of four detainees.”

KNWA: ACHI reports 97% of school districts have high COVID-19 infection rates

KNWA: ACHI reports 97% of school districts have high COVID-19 infection rates. “The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement urges sheltering in place for at-risk families, masking in all school districts, virtual for some, as 97% of districts reportedly have high COVID-19 infection rates. A record 226 public districts of the state’s 234 contiguous districts have COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, the ACHI said Monday, Jan. 10.”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas sets record of 6,562 new covid cases Tuesday; governor calls in National Guard to assist with testing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas sets record of 6,562 new covid cases Tuesday; governor calls in National Guard to assist with testing. “Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he had authorized more than 60 members of the Arkansas National Guard to help speed up coronavirus testing as the state’s count of cases rose by more than 6,500, blowing past the record set less than a week earlier for the most new cases in a single day.”

Arkansas Department of Agriculture: Arkansas Department of Agriculture Launches Farm to School and Arkansas Grown Website

Arkansas Department of Agriculture: Arkansas Department of Agriculture Launches Farm to School and Arkansas Grown Website. This link goes to a PDF. “Farmers and producers can search the multi-site platform to find contact information for school districts that buy local food. Alternatively, schools can find contact information for farmers and producers when searching the site for sources to buy local food. The website enables schools and farms to create profiles and customize listings to include information on the local products they buy or sell respectively. This is a free service for schools, farmers, and producers.”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Washington County sheriff confirms use of ivermectin at Detention Center

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Washington County sheriff confirms use of ivermectin at Detention Center. “Eva Madison, justice of the peace for District 9, said she had been told by a county employee that Karas Correctional Health had been prescribing ivermectin for them. Madison said the federal Food and Drug Administration has warned against using ivermectin to treat covid-19 and said the county should review the situation before approving a budget that includes money for Karas.”

5 News (Arkansas): Over 1,300 active COVID cases reported in Arkansas schools as students return to class

5 News (Arkansas): Over 1,300 active COVID cases reported in Arkansas schools as students return to class. “The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has released a new tool that keeps track of the number of active COVID-19 cases within school districts across Arkansas. As of August 16, Arkansas public schools are reporting 1,347 active COVID cases of students and faculty.”

‘This is real’: Fear and hope in an Arkansas pediatric ICU (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘This is real’: Fear and hope in an Arkansas pediatric ICU. “Today, as delta infections mount, some front line doctors suggest children are being hospitalized at higher rates and with more serious illnesses because of the new variant — a still-unproven hypothesis. What is indisputable is that in a swath of low-vaccination states stretching from Florida, South Carolina and Texas, up to Indiana and Missouri, the first large wave of pediatric cases is hitting hard — overwhelming hospitals, dominating political debates over mask and vaccine mandates and throwing school reopening plans into disarray.”