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These are featured stories of how the Upper Delta and Mid-South is combating the Coronavirus as well as resources to help those impacted by the pandemic.

COVID spike prompts Batesville School District to remote instruction

A school district in Independence County is instructing their students to learn from home the week of Thanksgiving as coronavirus infections rise in the area.

The Batesville School District Thursday afternoon posted on Facebook that they would have Alternative Methods of Instruction - or AMI - days on Monday and Tuesday, November 22 and 23.

Employees have also been instructed to work remotely, but after school activities will remain as scheduled. The district cited a spike in COVID-19 cases causing high absenteeism rates and a shortage of staff.

Thursday was the 3rd day of sharp increases in COVID infections in Arkansas. Health officials say Independence County has 224 active cases - the second highest in the northeast region with Craighead having the most.

A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.