Decrease in Covid Cases?

Dakota Creel, Staff Writer

There has recently been a decrease in the number of COVID cases found in southern states. During 2020 and early 2021, southern states seemed to be hotspots for large amounts of COVID. The more northern states have started receiving cold fronts, and are expecting a cold winter on the horizon. According to Johns Hopkins University, these northern and midwestern states are starting to see a slight increase in the number of COVID cases. 

Both Georgia and Florida are seeing the most difference among the southern states. Cases in Georgia are down by 37%, and that’s just compared to last week’s numbers. Florida’s numbers are down by 25% compared to last week’s numbers. Both Georgia and Florida are states among the 10 lowest case reports in the past week. On the other hand, there are numerous states that are starting to see an uprising in covid cases. 

According to Johns Hopkins University, five different states saw a 10% increase in the number of covid cases in the past week. Among those states were Iowa, Oklahoma, Alaska, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Alaska in particular, had the highest number of covid cases in the past week than any other state. According to Johns Hopkins University, “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.” Out of the five, Vermont was the state with the lowest increase in cases, and now ranks at number 15 for the states with the highest number of covid cases. The daily average of covid cases among the United States, is down by 10% this past week. 

Health officials are worried that the sudden decrease in case ratings will be followed by a sudden rise in the number of cases. Sources are saying that The US Food and Drug Administration is planning on releasing the booster shot to those who are eligible. Dr. Amanda Cohn, who is a member of FDA’s vaccine advisory panel said that, “guidance about mixing and matching Covid vaccine booster shots would allow flexibility for the public and for those trying to offer vaccine doses to the public.” Dr. Cohn also commented, “I don’t think there’s any sort of need from a public health perspective to have a preference for mixing or matching.” 

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average mean of covid cases is about 85,000 new infections per day, which is down by more than 8,000 new infections a day from the previous week. The average mean for deaths by covid is down by 200 from the first of the month. There is also a chance that the progress in numbers is threatened due to the low vaccination rates. According to the CDC, 57% of the nation is fully vaccinated against covid 19. The question still stands, is another spike in the number of cases inevitable?