The number of COVID-19 infections in Florida has fallen sharply in the last couple of weeks.
The Sunshine state saw only 13 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 population last week, representing the third lowest rate among U.S. states.
Florida was trailing only Connecticut and Hawaii, which both have a rate of 11 cases per 100,000 people, Daily Wire reported, citing The New York Times’ coronavirus map on Thurday, Oct. 14.
Over the last two weeks, Florida also had the third-fastest descent in rates of infections, only behind Alabama and Hawaii. The state’s 14-day change rate dropped by 48%, while Alabama’s rate plummeted 61% and Hawaii’s plunged 51%.
According to Daily Wire, the COVID-19 cases were declining as the end of the summer season makes the weather cooler across Southern states, which has encouraged more people to be outside rather than inside together in the air-conditioning.
That may be the reason the states farther north saw higher rate of COVID-19 infections in last two weeks, such as Colorado (up 32%), Vermont (27%), Michigan (26%), and Minnesota (22%).
The downward trend of COVID-19 cases in Florida started weeks earlier. Click Orlando on Oct. 1 reported that the number of new cases in the state dropped for the fifth straight week.