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Southern states, many of which have been hotspots, are now starting to see a decrease in Covid-19 cases while many states that have started experiencing cold weather – mostly in the North and Midwest – are seeing an uptick, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
New cases in Georgia and Florida are down 37% and 25%, respectively, compared to last week, JHU data showed. Both states had among the 10 lowest case rates in the past week. But a handful of states – in regions where cold weather has set in – are seeing an increase. This pattern is similar to what happened last year.
Five states saw Covid-19 cases increase more than 10% compared to last week, JHU data shows. Those states include Iowa, Oklahoma, Alaska, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Alaska, particularly, had more Covid-19 cases per capita than any other state over the past week, JHU data showed. Cases jumped 14% over the week before, and there were 125 new cases per 100,000 people each day, about five times the national average.
Vermont was once among the states with the lowest case rates, and now ranks among the 15 worst case rates.