“Those are all good signs and, again, would suggest a possible flattening of the curve” that tracks the number of cases, he said.
Next door, New Jersey now has the second-worst outbreak of the virus. More than 41,000 people in New Jersey have tested positive, and more than 1,000 people have died. But Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Monday that New Jersey’s curve is also flattening.
Still, he warned that “this is no time to spike any footballs or to take our foot off the gas.”
“We still have a week-and-a-half to go, at least, until we hit the peak,” Murphy said. “This isn’t over – not by a long shot.”
The potential bright spots in New York and New Jersey follow recent improvements in Washington state and California, which were the first two states to experience major coronavirus outbreaks. In both states, the governors took early steps to curb the spread of the virus.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Feb. 29 and began limiting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, banning large crowds and closing schools within the next two weeks. Inslee announced Sunday that his state would return more than 400 ventilators to the national stockpile for New York and other states to use.
In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 4. He announced a week later that large gatherings should be canceled or postponed and issued a stay-at-home order on March 19.
Newsom announced Monday that California was securing tens of thousands of additional beds to treat patients and expanding its health care workforce “significantly.”
“This is an all hands on deck effort, and I am extremely grateful to all of our partners in the medical community, the private sector and across government for helping us get this far,” he said in a statement. “All of these efforts will only pay off if we continue to slow the spread of the virus. Staying home will save lives.”
Administration officials have cautioned that this week may be the hardest for many Americans, although President Donald Trump has continued to insist he sees light at the end of the tunnel.
“It seems to be inherently contradictory, but it really isn’t,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a White House briefing Sunday. “It has to do with what we explained before about the lag in when you look at the indications that Dr. [Deborah] Birx and the president was talking about, where you see a flattening out of cases.”