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Southern Arkansas University has 16 active COVID-19 cases, the Arkansas Department of Health said Monday in a report.

The ADH breaks down the number of COVID-19 cases by school district and higher education institution twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

In last Thursday’s report, SAU had 12 COVID-19 cases. The report does not specify the cumulative total of faculty/staff cases and cumulative student cases, when counts of fewer than five are not reported to protect patient confidentiality.

SAU has had 53 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The 53 cumulative cases are the fourth highest total among higher education institutions, but far below the 1,103 cumulative cases at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the 112 cases at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, and 73 cases at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

A major concern among state health officials has been the surge in cases at UAF. Last Thursday’s report indicated 153 active cases on the Fayetteville campus. As of Monday, there were 961 active cases – 15 among faculty and staff, 664 among students, and the remaining 282 classified as having “missing” data to distinguish between the two groups.

Through Monday, 35 Arkansas school districts reported a total of 296 COVID-19 cases among students and/or faculty-staff. Districts with 10 or more cases were Fort Smith, Springdale, Little Rock, Bryant, Conway, Rogers, Russellville, Wynne, Batesville and Pine Bluff. Fort Smith had the highest total with 24.

On Thursday, 28 school systems reported a total of 232 cases.

The only South Arkansas public schools with COVID-19 cases through Monday were Genoa Central, 7; TexARKana, 6; and Foreman, 5.

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