By KEN MILLER, the Associated Press
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said a surge in coronavirus cases does not appear connected to the reopening of the state’s businesses. Hutchinson said Friday that tracing of people infected has not shown a significant connection between lifting restrictions on businesses and the recent increase that includes 239 new cases to bring the state’s total number of confirmed cases to at least 6,777. The state also reported nine more deaths due to the disease caused by the virus, bringing the death toll to 132. The true number is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.