Although Arkansas reported a lower number of new COVID-19 cases, as well as a large decrease in active cases, Gov. Asa Hutchinson credits that drop to less testing due to the current winter weather.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the state saw an increase of 177 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 313,525. Of those cases, 9,104 are considered active, which is a decrease of 1,390.
Additionally, the state saw 12 more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 5,287.