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Why it matters: As cases rise, so will the strain on the local health care system.
Details: These numbers are representative of Arkansas Children's Northwest, Community Clinic, Mercy Northwest Arkansas, Northwest Health, UAMS Northwest, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks and Washington Regional Medical Center.
Zoom out: COVID-19 cases statewide were up by 1,875 on Tuesday, the largest one-day increase in more than five months, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Cam Patterson, UAMS chancellor, told the Associated Press that the increases are straining hospital resources.
The bottom line: Arkansas still has the highest COVID-19 case rate in the U.S., at 36 per 100,000 residents.
Of note: Gov. Asa Hutchinson extended his road trips and next week will travel to Mountain Home, Dumas, Heber Springs and Siloam Springs to try to convince the vaccine hesitant to get the shot.
Go deeper: Axios' national team continues to cover the issue from every angle:
An Axios analysis of Small Business Administration data shows that nearly half of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants awarded in Arkansas went to women-owned restaurants or food businesses.
Context: The SBA initially gave priority access to small businesses that are majority-owned by women, veterans, or those who are socially and economically disadvantaged by giving them a 21-day head start on the application process.
Former NFL player Buck Ortega and his family are selling this custom-built estate for $3.8 million.
Reality check: The surge is real and NWA is right on the edge of a national hot spot to the north, according to the New York Times' tracker.
Editor's note: This is the first in a four-part series looking at the state of tourism in NWA’s four largest cities as they emerge from the pandemic.
Fayetteville's tourism arm, Experience Fayetteville, is beginning to see revenues bounce back, but it could take until next year to see pre-pandemic numbers, Molly Rawn, the organization's chief executive officer, tells Axios.
What's happening: In a promising sign, advertising and promotions tax collections for this spring were up slightly from spring 2019.