Northern states, including Vermont, Colorado, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Minnesota have the fastest rising COVID-19 case counts in the country, according to theNew York Times‘ COVID-19 database.
Cold weather is likely driving more people inside in those states, leading to heightened virus transmission. The paper said a similar national trend was reported last year: Southern and western states saw summer spikes of the virus, while northern states recorded late fall surges.
The state with the highest current case count remains Alaska, at 125 cases per 100,000 people per day. Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho follow, but are all trending downwards.
The United States reported 16,913 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 164 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19tracker.
The 7-day average of new daily cases is 82,761, with 1,532 deaths, according to theWashington Posttracker. New daily cases fell by 13.7% in the past week, deaths fell by 13.8%, and hospitalizations declined by 8.3%.