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Data: Northwest Arkansas health care providers. Chart: Axios Visuals

Pictures sometimes tell the stories words can't.

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.

  • The number of people hospitalized in Arkansas Tuesday was 815, the highest since February.
  • There were 313 patients in intensive care and 131 on ventilators.

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:

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Sep 15, 2021 - Health

Report: 26 states have limited state or local officials' public health powers

A woman holds an anti-mask and vaccine placard outside a meeting of the Volusia County School Board in Deland, Florida. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Republican lawmakers in more than half of U.S. states have weakened state or local officials' authority to implement policies to protect the public against the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, AP and Kaiser Health News report.

The big picture: Since the coronavirus pandemic began, lawmakers in all 50 states have introduced bills to curb state and local officials' public health authority, a KHN review found.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.