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Arkansas sees over 5,000 new COVID cases, 4 more deaths

On Sunday, Jan. 16, Arkansas reported 5,386 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Sunday, Jan. 16, Arkansas reported 5,386 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths.

A total of 9,434 people have died in Arkansas due to the virus and more than 1.5 million have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Since January 1, Arkansas has seen roughly 100,000 new cases reported.

Key facts to know:

  • Total cases: 681,176 (+5,386)
  • Active cases: 96,379 (+2,113)
  • Total deaths: 9,434 (+4)
  • Hospitalized: 1,385 (+28)
  • On ventilators: 168 (+3)
  • Fully vaccinated: 1,528,168 (+444)

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"Testing remained high Saturday with much lower cases reported. This is a hopeful sign we are close to a peak. The best way we can come back down is to get vaccinated and boosted," Gov. Hutchinson tweeted on Sunday.

Around 60% of the active COVID cases are people who have not been vaccinated against the virus. According to the latest data, only 2% of ICU beds are available in the state.

So far, 53.5% of the population 5 and up has been fully vaccinated. 

The state received around 211,000 at-home rapid tests on Monday. Arkansas has requested 1.5 million of the at-home tests.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson also noted that 10,808 new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given out on Saturday.

We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.